In the 1880s, 16 portraits found deep underground were spirited away from a Roman building site. The sculptures—of exceptional quality—were made for one of Rome’s most famous families, prominent under the emperors Tiberius, Caligula, and Claudius. This talk will trace the journey these portraits take from Rome to Paris to Copenhagen, the colorful characters involved, and what these ancient faces—long ignored—have to tell us today.
About Programs at the Ancient Art Council
Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.
March 12, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (PST)
Famous Faces: the story of a family of ancient marble portraits
This program will be live streamed on Zoom. An e-confirmation will be sent to registered participants.
Presented by Professor Laetitia La Follette History of Art and Architecture, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and President, Archaeological Institute of America
Admission: Free and open to the public. Registration is required. Donations are welcome.