This exhibition features twenty small-scale ancient bronze sculptures from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, all purchased by the American financier J. Pierpont Morgan between 1904 and 1916 and given to the museum by his son in 1917. Morgan was a passionate collector and spent many years acquiring exquisite works of art. His Greek and Roman bronzes are especially notable and include a range of figure and vessel types: males and females, gods and mortals, humans and animals and hybrid mythological creatures, free-standing statuettes, and furniture embellishments. Morgan chose each work of art for its exquisite craftsmanship, its quality of composition and execution, and its preservation. These objects represent the best of ancient Mediterranean bronze sculpture, with carefully rendered details, and adorned with inlays of silver and other luxury materials. A selection of ancient works from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s collection supplement the Wadsworth’s bronzes. This exhibition was curated by Lisa Brody, associate curator of ancient art at the Yale University Art Gallery, and James Higginbotham, chair of Bowdoin College's Department of Classics and curator for the ancient collection at the BCMA.
Enjoy this recording of the opening lecture and tour for the exhibition.
Lisa Brody, associate curator of ancient art at the Yale University Art Gallery, and James Higginbotham, associate professor of classics at Bowdoin College, speak about the ancient bronze sculptures that American financier J. Pierpont Morgan collected in the early twentieth century.
Presented at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition "Figures from the Fire: J. Pierpont Morgan’s Ancient Bronzes from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art."
Recorded on March 30, 2023 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.