In the Round: Ancient Art from All Sides

Museum of Art Museum of Art

Exhibition: In the Round: Ancient Art from All Sides

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Rotunda
This exhibition examines the geometry and design of ancient art and the efforts by artists to represent depth and movement by influencing the vantage point of the viewer.

Works

"Tanagra Figurine of Standing Woman," Boeotia (Greek), molded terracotta. Gift of Edward Perry Warren, Esq., Honorary Degree, 1926. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
"Roman Portrait Head of a Boy (Gaius or Lucius Caesar?)," ca. 30 BCE-20 CE, Roman, Parian marble. Gift of Edward Perry Warren, Esq., Honorary Degree, 1926. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
"Statue of a Youth (Pythian Apollo?)," Greco-Roman, marble. Gift of Nathan Dane II. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
“Bail-Handle Olpe Depicting a Funeral Scene,” ca. 500 BCE–475 BCE, terracotta, by the Sappho Painter, Greek. Museum Purchase, Adela Wood Smith Trust, in memory of Harry de Forest Smith, Class of 1891. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

About

This exhibition examines the geometry and design of ancient art and the efforts by artists to represent depth and movement by influencing the vantage point of the viewer. By simply flipping a coin, rotating a vase, or walking around a sculpture, the composition changes and new perspectives emerge. Using artifacts from the ancient Mediterranean, In the Round explores early innovations in representational art.