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A RARELY SEEN BUT GLORIOUS BIRD

March 15, 2013

Tags: Greek sculpture

Bronze statue of Eros sleeping. Greek, Hellenistic period, 3rd-2nd century BC. Said to be from Rhodes. L. 33 -5/8 in . (85.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1943 (43.11.4). Image (c ) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
The other press preview I got on February 4, for a new installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art taken (almost) entirely from its permanent collection, called into use that rarely seen but glorious bird: connoisseurship. The show was (and is) “Sleeping Eros” (through June 23). The curator helping us appreciate it (more…)