Location:Walker Gallery, Rotunda, Assyrian Gallery, Boyd Gallery
The ancient world of the Mediterranean has loomed large in the American imagination for centuries, profoundly shaping the arts, politics, and national identity of the United States. Antiquity & America: The Ancient Mediterranean in the United States considers this enduring impact through the history and collections of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
This digital publication features more than 200 ancient and modern works of art with select ancient artifacts available in 3D models. Essayists share perspectives on the enduring impact of the ancient Mediterranean in American culture. Enjoy stories of the many donors who built the ancient collection. Explore an interactive timeline on the study of the ancient world on Bowdoin’s campus and journey through the development of the Museum’s collections. A virtual tour of the neoclassical Charles McKim-designed Walker Art Building is also included.
Antiquity & America uncovers a new history of curious and related phenomenon: the intensity and passion with which Mediterranean antiquities have long been collected by Americans, and the prominent role the ancient Mediterranean has played in the history of American cultural and political life. Taking the rich collections of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art as a model, nearly three centuries of American fascination with the ancient Mediterranean are examined through antiquities collecting and through representations of antiquity in American art and culture. The exhibition brings to life the ancient Mediterranean world in the much the same way that antiquity was alive in American imagination in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when American popular culture was saturated with reference to antiquity.