The Brilliance of Rome

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  1. jason_els

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    If you have any interest in Roman history, take a look at this exceptional web exhibit of the rennovated Greek and Roman galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art posted by The New York Times.

    The Panorama of Objects section has an excellent presentation of a few of the greater works in the Roman collection. The two Frescoes from a bedroom at Boscoreale are exceptional.

    Take a look around and listen to the audio descriptions of some of the pieces to understand just why they are important. I guarantee you'll learn something fascinating.
     
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    It reminds me exactly how culturally retarded SoFla really is. I envy those who have the chance to see the newly-restored (and much enlarged) galleries for themselves.

    Thanks for the brief tour, Jason.
     
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    Thanks Jason. I'm a huge student of ancient cultures and think the Met is one of the greatest museums in the world.
     
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    Thanks for the info .I like to study ancient cultures .
     
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    That is a beautiful space in the same vein as the large Egyptian gallery on the north side, a period setting. The pieces have a bit of breathing room now and seem like they are well placed and the space complements the art. I like the windows out to Central Park (?) as well.

    My favorite spot at the Met is the outdoor roof terrace that overlooks the park. Have you been to the new MOMA yet? That is such a gift to NYC.

    Thanks Jason.
     
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    They're in the old restaurant area which was in the original Greek and Roman galleries. The windows overlook Fifth Avenue. It is a beautiful space, saw it last year when I took my friend and his family from Ireland. The roof terrace I haven't been to yet. I seem to only go in winter :frown1:. They're renovating the American Wing now. I hope the Met never stops growing. It's a wonderful place to get lost in. I also need to go to the Cloisters. Ugh. So much to do.

    Haven't been to the rennovated MOMA. I thought of going last week but the lines were so heavy that just going through the reception area would take an hour and the MOMA doesn't allow free access like the Met does plus they charge $20.00 a ticket!! I asked to get in without one but the bouncer refused. The MOMA may be beautiful, but it's very unfriendly. I'd like to see it though as I haven't been in a few years. Their collection is stunning.

     
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    OK, well that's an excellent place to put the new gallery - right off the main hall. I wonder where they relocated the restaurant however. I always thought it was a well proportioned grand space and a bit large to be a restaurant IMO. I remember a cheesy water feature in there before. I think opening up the mezzanine did wonders for the space.

    Yeah- MOMA is a bit pricey and it may seem elitist but the new space is awsome and worth at least one afternoon. I think the ground floor including the sculpture court is open to the public. It may be less crowded when the weather gets better.

     
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    Dining options at the Met

    Oh I'll go see the MOMA sometime when I have someone to go with, preferably with a corporate card like I had with Time Warner. Midtown Manhattan's not a good place to be when you're on a budget. :redface: The MOMA has always seemed elitist to me, particularly after they just sold a chunk of space for $17 million to a condo developer. It's art for those who can afford the pieces, given how many of them they've sold. Like what you see? Ask the board to sell it to you! It's ridiculous.

    The architecture of the original structure just suits those galleries so well that it's a crime not to continue to house the Classical collection there.

    It's still too small though. The Met displays less than half of its collection at any one time. There simply isn't enough room. They truly need about three times the space they have to display all of it plus a dedicated office building. Still, it's one of the world's great repositories of art and the one museum of which I'd like to be a member.
     
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    What a stunning exhibit, thanks for sharing!
     
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