Met Museum Greek and Roman Galleries
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has just opened its newly reconstituted Greek and Roman Galleries. I am a museum buff, particularly at the Met, but this is something else.
The galleries are magnificent, and the amount of incredible stuff they have brought forth from the archive is astounding--makes you irritated that it was all kept hidden for so long.
It makes you realize, again, that [i] ancient art is three dimensional-sculptural-[granted,there are some eerily modern and wonderful wall paintings from Pompeii], and [ii] that there is a reason why artists look back to the classics. They make you wonder, if you are a figurative artist, whether the best was done two millenia ago. If you are into abstraction, you see the roots of it and wonder what would have been the result if these artists had been given a cultural nudge away from representation.
See it if you possibly can, but give just these galleries at least a full day.