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

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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British Museum IV: The Nereid Monument

May 17, 2012

The Nereid Monument, perhaps built by the Lycian dynast Arbinas, is a late 5th century BCE Greek-style tomb from Xanthos (on the south coast of Turkey). Now it’s in the British Museum.

The Monument

Detail of the large podium frieze

Another detail from the large podium frieze

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British Museum III: Mausolos’s Mausoleum

May 11, 2012

Parts of Bodrum are quite lovely, particularly the harbor:

The view from breakfast, last summer…

But the site of the famous Mausoleum of Halikarnassos is not one of them:

Site of the Mausoleum

But some of the more spectacular parts of the Mausoleum now reside in the British Museum:

Greeks fighting with Amazons

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British Museum II: Assyrian Antiquities

May 10, 2012

From the ninth to the seventh century BCE, the Assyrians ruled an empire which eventually stretched from Mesopotamia to Egypt. While they may have been universally reviled for their brutal tactics, they at least left behind some beautiful, if often rather martial, reliefs:

Tukulti-apil-esharra AKA Tiglath-pileser III ruled the Assyrians from 745 to 727 BCE. Among his many achievements was the conquest of Babylon.

Depiction of a siege in Babylonia from Nimrud, ca. 728 BCE.

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Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow

May 5, 2012

More photos from Glasgow:

Main Building, University of Glasgow

“Rome’s Final Frontier”

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Exhibits!

February 23, 2011

Pompeii in New York.

Tutankhamun in Minnesota.