Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Altemps

August 7, 2013

The Palazzo Altemps museum is wonderful collection in a beautiful building:

MNR Palazzo Altemps courtyard, Rome (053113)

Central courtyard of the museum

Ludovisi Throne, MNR Palazzo Altemps INV 8570 (Hollander, 2013)

The ‘Ludovisi Throne’

Grand Ludovisi Sarcophagus, MNR Palazzo Altemps INV 8574 (Hollander, 2013)

Grand Ludovisi Sarcophagus

Gallienus, MNR Palazzo Altemps INV 8633 (Hollander, 2013)


Crouching Aphrodite, MNR Palazzo Altemps INV 380998 (Hollander, 2013)

Crouching Aphrodite

Slab with Isis cult scene, 100 CE, MNRPA INV 77255 (053113)

Isis cult scene


Gaius Stern speaking at ISU about the Ara Pacis

April 22, 2013

Today (April 22nd) Gaius Stern will be at ISU to answer the question: “What did the Ara Pacis really look like?”

Join us in 210 Bessey Hall at 3:10 PM.

Ara Pacis in color

Items of Recent Interest (5)

February 20, 2013

Somehow I missed these (thanks, CAMWS winter newsletter!):

Good news out of Pompeii: major restoration project

Weird news out of Chicago: Socrates on trial again

New frescoes from the Colosseum? Apparently

The Art Institute of Chicago

November 26, 2012

The new Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago are well worth a visit. There are many new pieces (on loan or newly acquired) and the best stuff is often hard to photograph (i.e., it’s behind glass).

Entrance to the ancient galleries

Torso of an emperor, ca 100 CE

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts (again)

July 11, 2012

Spent some more time at the MIA…

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

View from the MIA

Medusa by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1854)

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

June 27, 2012

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has an impressive collection of ancient art (I’m sure they also have an impressive collection of non-ancient art but I was pressed for time). Also free admission and parking!

A Doryphoros, late Republican copy of a Classical Greek original.

Pompeian fresco, perhaps of a Lar, 1st century CE.

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The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

May 29, 2012

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is a short walk north of the British Museum on the campus of University College London. William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853 – 1942) was an Egyptian archaeologist who excavated at Tanis, Gizah, Naucratis, El Amarna, El-Lahun, Meidum, Naqada, Abydos, and Thebes to list only a few of the 50+ sites at which he worked [Margaret S. Drower, Flinders Petrie: A Life in Archaeology (1995) page xxi]. Drower writes of him: “He found archaeology in Egypt a treasure hunt; he left it a science” [page xxii]. His museum houses an amazing array of artifacts but, it must be said, is in desperate need of more space. Definitely worth a visit though.



Fragment of a Middle Kingdom stela

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