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Permanent Collection: Greek and Roman Art

The collections of Greek and Roman Art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum span over four millennia. The earliest, Neolithic pieces are approximately 4000 BC; the latest, Roman, fourth-fifth centuries AD. Works in many media are represented, including gold, silver, electrum, bronze, lead, ivory and bone, marbles of many kinds including colored ones, semi-precious stones (carnelian, rock-crystal, garnet), glass, and clay. Since 1983, the generosity of Michael C. and Thalia Carlos has enabled the collection to grow astonishingly, both in extent and quality, and has attracted widespread support and acclaim.

The objects featured here are only a selection. One of the earliest bathtubs in the world, the Minoan larnax offers fresh, direct contact with Bronze Age Greece. The architectural pithos would have stored water for a family in seventh century BC; it is from a vessel of this shape, not a box, that Pandora removed the lid. The fifth century marble grave relief of an athlete and the Roman sarcophagus exemplify monuments to the deceased, while the symposion cup, made in Athens around 480 BC depicts a lively drinking party. The splendid depiction of the death of Aktaion on a vessel made to mix wine with water shortly after the Parthenon was completed, opens the rich world of Greek mythology. The bronze hydria may have been made as a bride's dowry. Portraiture, one of the greatest achievements of the classical world, is represented by the exquisite garnet head of Berenike II and the over life-size portrait of Tiberius. Idealizing beauty, another element of classical art at its best, is sensitively captured in the statue of the muse of dance, Terpsichore.


Link to Calyx-krater   Calyx-krater

Greek, Attic, attributed to the Dinos Painter, ca. 430 BC. Ceramic. 2000.6.1. Carlos Collection of Ancient Art
  Link to Hydria   Hydria

Bronze. Greek, second quarter of the 4th c. BC. 2001.12.1. Carlos Collection of Ancient Art


Link to Larnax (Bath-tub)   Larnax (Bath-tub)

Late Minoan IIIA. Mid-14th c BC. Ceramic. 2002.34.1. Carlos Collection of Ancient Art
  Link to Muse (Terpsichore)   Muse (Terpsichore)

Marble, perhaps Parian, Greek, late 4th to mid 2nd centuries BC. 2002.31.1. Carlos Collection of Ancient Art


Link to Pithos (Amphora)   Pithos (Amphora)

Greek, probably island, ca. 650-600 BC. Ceramic. 2003.2.1. Carlos Collection of Ancient Art
  Link to Sarcophagus   Sarcophagus

Luna (Carrara) marble. Roman, mid-second century AD. 1999.11.7. Carlos Collection of Ancient Art


Link to Stele of Glaukotas   Stele of Glaukotas

Greek, ca. 470-460 BC. Marble. 2003.4.1. Carlos Collection of Ancient Art
  Link to Kylix With Symposion Scene Attributed to the Painter of the Paris Gigantomachy   Kylix With Symposion Scene

Greek, late Archaic, ca. 480 BC. Terracotta. 1998.8. Carlos Collection of Ancient Art


Link to Tiberius   Tiberius

Roman, ca. 14 AD. Parian marble. 2003.55.1. Carlos Collection of Ancient Art
  Link to Garnet Piece   Portrait of Berenike II

Greek, Hellenistic. Mid-3rd century BC. Garnet. 2002.4.1. Gift of the Nathan Rubin-Ida Ladd Family Foundation


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