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Metropolitan Museum unveils new Greek and Roman Galleries.

NEW YORK -- A spectacular museum-within-a-museum is on display at the Met, showcasing a collection of Hellenistic, Etruscan, South Italian and Roman art.

After more than five years of construction, the long-awaited opening will conclude a 15-year project for the complete redesign and installation of the museum's vast collection of classical art. The centerpiece of the new Greek and Roman Galleries is the majestic Leon Levy and Shelby White Court--a monumental, peristyle court for the display of Hellenistic and Roman art with a soaring two-story atrium.

Shelby White said of the opening: "My late husband, Leon Levy, believed that by studying past civilizations we would better understand ourselves. What better setting to do that than these magnificent new galleries. I am thrilled."

The new Greek and Roman Galleries, located in The Lamont Wing at the southern end of the building, will house art created between 900 B.C. and the early fourth century A.D. It will trace the parallel stories of the evolution of Greek art in the Hellenistic period and the arts of southern Italy and Etruria, culminating in the rich world of the Roman Empire. Starting with the Leon Levy and Shelby White Court, the installation continues on the mezzanine level where galleries for Etruscan art and the Greek and Roman study collection overlook the court from two sides. Together, the astonishing assembly of works on display (some never before seen by the public) will bring to life the visual and conceptual roots of Western civilization.

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Date:Jun 1, 2007
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