The Sculpture Collection

permanent exhibition

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The Sculpture Collection of the National Archaeological Museum is considered to be one of the most important in the world.
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National Archaeological Museum, Athens
44 Patission St.,
10682 Athens

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in detail

The main aim of the display is to present the development of Greek sculpture from the origins of large-scale sculpture (seventh century BC) to the Late Roman period (fourth century AD). The exhibits are unique works of art from mainland Greece and the Aegean islands: statues, reliefs (funerary, votive, and legal), architectural groups, sarcophagi, busts, altars, statues of animals, Hermaic stelai and others (sirens, sphinxes etc). Several vases and bronze figurines complete the display; these help to explain the development of ancient Greek art and enable the visitor to fully appreciate the various periods and styles through a variety of artefacts.

The display, which occupies about 4,000 square metres on the building's ground floor (Rooms 7-34), is set out in chronological order to illustrate the development of sculpture from with the first, austere and conventional shapes of the Archa?c period to the realistic, dramatic figures of the Hellenistic period. It concludes with the personalized rendering of facial features in Roman portraiture. Within this chronological framework, many of the sculptures are also grouped by type and category (Archa?c and Classical funerary monuments, Archa?c kouroi, votive sculptures from Attic sanctuaries and Roman emperors), while special rooms are dedicated to Classical funerary, votive and legal reliefs, and to the monumental architectural groups of the temples of Aphaia at Aigina, Hera at Argos, and Asklepios at Epidaurus.

Recently, special emphasis has been given to the display of some relatively new important acquisitions, such as the Frasikleia kore and the Aristodikos kouros, while a new sense of space around each sculpture was created by their repositioning.
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architecture, history, archaeology, sculpture, ancient worlds, art, roman, space, monuments, Greek, relief, late roman period, statues, reliefs, funerary, votive, architecture, busts, altars, statues of animals, sirens, sphinxes, vases, bronze figurines, sarcophagi

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