Map of the Mediterranean Area
The works included in this department cover the Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilisations. They illustrate the artistic activity of a vast region, main centred around the Mediterranean, whose history dates back to the Neolithic period (IVth millennium B.C.) up to the VIth century A.D.
The art of the Cyclades, the Cretain and Mycenian civilisations will be displayed from 1997 in a completely new setting in rooms located beneath the Winged Victory staircase.
The Greek statuary is presented in chronological order (the orientalising era, the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods). It comprises original works and replicas completed during the Roman era.
The Greek antiquities also include bronzes and jewellery, and in particular the 3,500 Greek and terracotta vases of the Campana collection (acquired in 1863).
Three rooms are dedicated to Etruscan works (sarcophagi, vases, paintings and jewellery). The Roman collections include mainly statuary, mosaics, bronzes and gold and silver work.