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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Harvard Art Museums : Room 3410

Harvard Art Museums – Room 3410

Art From Us, Museum Guide

Art From Us presents a must-see Museum Guide daily, where we showcase specific artworks in specific museums – from across the globe. Today, for Art From Us, Museum Guide #888 the spotlight is on the Harvard Art Museums’ Room 3410. Showcasing a collection of the South Arcade.

The three works in focus are :

Monumental Olpe (Pitcher), Attributed to the Lion Painter, c. 730-700 BC
Helmet of Corinthian Type, early 6th century BCE
Bell Krater (Bowl for Mixing Wine and Water) : Torch Race, Manner of Peleus Painter, c. 430-420 BCE

The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide

According to the digital catalogue of the Harvard Art Museums :

“Ancient Greece had its share of well-known painters, men named Polygnotos, Mikon, Parrhasios, Zeuxis, Apollodoros, Apelles, and Nikias. Ancient authors talk about their works, innovations, and rivalries, but not a single panel or wall painting by one of these artists has survived the millennia.”

While the so-called ‘high art’ of ancient Greece failed to survive through the ages, Greek handicrafts did. Handicrafts in ancient times, much like today, were not given quite the same status as painting and sculpture.

While these objets d’art were traditionally made for specific utilitarian purposes, they are also highly decorative in nature. Today, they are priceless collectibles.

Room 3410 at the museum houses an intimate collection of Greek vessels and vases. Such vessels are typically divided into four categories :

  • Vessels for Storage
  • Vessels for Mixing
  • Vessels to hold perfume or oil
  • Pitchers or Jugs for water and other liquids

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