Imago to Persona: Portraits from Antiquity

Museum of Art Museum of Art

Exhibition: Imago to Persona: Portraits from Antiquity

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Walker Gallery
This exhibition explores the traditions, styles, and techniques that inform the portrayals of individuals in the ancient world.

Works

Egyptian, early Second Century. Mummy Portrait of a Lady, (detail) ca. 100–150, stucco, glass, painted and gilded jewelry with polychrome. Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund and Helen Johnson Chase Fund. 2011.29.
Roman, Portrait Head of Emperor Antoninus Pius, ca. 138-150, marble. Gift of Edward Perry Warren, Esq., Honorary Degree, 1926. 1906.1.
Tetradrachm of Pergamum, 263 BC-241 BC, silver. Gift of Edward Perry Warren, Esq., Honorary Degree, 1926. 1914.6.5.
Egyptian, Gold Octadrachm of Ptolemy II Philadelphus: obverse: Head of Arsinoe II, (reverse: Double Cornucopiae), after 270 BC, gold. Gift of Edward Perry Warren, Esq., Honorary Degree, 1926 1920.8.80

About

This exhibition explores the traditions, styles, and techniques that inform the portrayals of individuals in the ancient world. From profiles carved in relief and painted on vases to figures molded in terracotta and portraits sculpted in the round this installation draws from a range of art representing Egyptian, Assyrian, Cypriot, Greek, and Roman cultures.


RELATED PROGRAMMING

April 3, 2014 | 4:30 p.m. | Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
"The Portrait in Antiquity"
Fred Albertson, associate professor of art history, The University of Memphis, Tennessee, will discuss various aspects of portraiture in the Ancient world in this lecture.