By Wanxian Lin
The Greek and Roman gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art allows viewers to discover the similarities between the art of the past and present. Through this exhibit, visitors can experience past cultures, beliefs, and history hands-on, rather than simply reading about them from a textbook. The pieces give a glimpse into the ancient world.
Greek and Roman history is a subject taught in almost all New York City schools, and the galleries in the Met can serve as a re-enforcement for what students have already learned in school.
Despite the fact that many of sculptures in the galleries are ancient and missing body parts, they are still beautiful. For example, the marble statue of Aphrodite is weathered and missing a nose, part of the lips, and even both arms. However, the statue is still able to represent all that Aphrodite stood for: love and beauty.
Other than gods and goddesses, there are many statues of ancient Greek and Roman citizens, which help visitors make a more personal connection to these great civilizations. The gallery also contains ancient pottery and coins. This shows how advanced the civilizations were since they were able to make such beautiful and unique art without modern technology.
The statues from the gallery may be old, rusty, and chipped, but it’s the history behind them that truly allows viewers to understand the past. Walking though the gallery is like walking through ancient times. The statues represent more than just sculptures of people, they recreate all of Roman and Greek history.
For Tech students, going to the Metropolitan Museum may be an interesting way to learn about history and to prepare for lessons about the Roman and Greek empire. The gallery provides new learning experiences for all who visit.