Thanks to the renovation of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, visitors can see unique works of art from past eras. The collection contains artifacts from different times: from ancient Greek works to relics from the fall of Constantinople.
An exquisite relic from ancient Greece, housed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, has retained its charm two millennia after being crafted from solid gold. The Greek earring depicts the goddess of victory, Nike, who drives a chariot drawn by two horses, writes GreekReporter.
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Comprised of over a hundred individual gold pieces, this single surviving earring is a testament to the craftsmanship of a bygone era and is housed in the recently opened Greek Art Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
The Boston Museum houses many treasures spanning ancient Greek, Egyptian and Mediterranean history. From a relief from the Temple of Athena at Assos to a carefully cut oval gemstone depicting the goddess Kassandra, the museum’s galleries house significant collections, including a recent addition – a Greek earring.
Under the direction of Christine Condoleon, Phoebe Segal and Laure Marest, the museum will undergo a transformation: four galleries will be housed in one wing, displaying nearly five hundred objects from the birth of Greek art (circa 1100 BC) to the fall of Constantinople in the 15th century.
The goal of the project is to breathe life into the richness of classical art. Matthew Teitelbaum, director of the Ann and Graham Foundation, emphasizes the importance of these galleries in illuminating the deep heritage of classical art, bridging the past and present.
Among the updates is a gallery dedicated to “Gods and Goddesses,” which will immerse visitors in a temple-like atmosphere, displaying sculptures and objects from the 5th century BC. e. until the 3rd century AD e. The pioneering Byzantine gallery will span the era of Emperor Constantine the Great until the fall of Constantinople in 1453, revealing works such as the 15th-century Monopoli altarpiece.
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The focus is on early Greek art, from the Post-Mycenaean era (c. 1100 BC) to the Persian Wars (480/479 BC), in particular the famous Apollo Manticle. The museum’s collection, enriched by these reconstructions, will tell new stories that reflect modern perspectives on ancient life.
Previously Focus talked about the repatriation of Egyptian artifacts from New Zealand. Numerous relics have been returned thanks to the joint work of the Egyptian and New Zealand authorities.
We also talked about how an Iranian museum used a 2,600-year-old pot instead of a trash can. The museum curator claims that an ordinary trash can could easily be stolen by potential thieves, thus justifying the neglect of the artifact.