ART: Grecian Face-Lifting

Manhattan's huge Metropolitan Museum, determined not to look like an arsenal of antiquities, last week went way back to ancient Greece for a sprucing-up act. Visitors who associate Greek art with dusty plaster and dreary drapes of frozen chitons will have their eyes opened: the Met's dolled-up Greek Art collection has a fresh-as-a-daisy look.

In its latest burst of showmanship, the Met has exhibited its Greek treasures in rooms newly decorated in pleasingly subtle colors. On the prize exhibit—a magnificent 600 B.C. Kouros (Youth)—six concealed spotlights play. This accent on youth underlines a thesis: the vigorous, thunderous centuries before the golden...

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