The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art - Hermary, Antoine; Mertens, Joan R. - Yale University Press

Art and Architecture

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press 

The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art

Stone Sculpture

  • Antoine Hermary and Joan R. Mertens
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During the last few decades, Cypriot art and archaeology have gained a prominent place in the study of Mediterranean culture. The Cesnola Collection, which was acquired between 1874 and 1876 by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the most important of its kind in the world, and includes 635 stone sculptures, each of which is meticulously catalogued in this lavishly illustrated publication. This is the first catalogue of the entire collection, with numerous previously unpublished works. Exceptional examples of Cypriot stone sculpture, including votive figures of men, women, children, and animals, sculptures of gods and mythological figures, and elaborate funerary monuments, are represented and described. Several masterworks are of exceptional quality and detail that are unique in the world. This comprehensive study and publication represents a significant contribution to the study and understanding of Cypriot art and archaeology.

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Antoine Hermary is a professor of archaeology and Greek civilization at the Aix-Marseille University, director of the Center for Cypriot Studies at the Maison René-Ginouvès, Nanterre, and director of the French School in Athens' excavation at Amathus (Cyprus). Joan R. Mertens is curator, Department of Greek and Roman Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.