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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Harvard Art Museums : Room 3700

 Harvard Art Museums – Room 3700

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 #891 the spotlight is on the Harvard Art Museums’ Room 3700. Showcasing a collection of Roman Art.

The three works in focus are :

The Moon God Mên, 3rd century CE
Lamp in the Shape of a Trussed Male Gazelle, 2nd-4th century CE
Oil Lamp with nozzles in the shape of Heads and Ships’ Prows, 1st century CE

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

According to the digital catalogue of the Harvard Art Museums :

“From the first century BCE to the fifth century CE, the inhabitants of the empire were connected by the material elements of Roman life—from the monumental (baths, amphitheaters, forums, and aqueducts) to the personal (ceramics, brooches, and household gods). Roman customs and visual culture drew not only on Greek traditions but also on those of the Etruscans, Iberians, Celts, Egyptians…”

The gallery houses artefacts containing references to the lifestyle of the Romans in the early centuries CE. Artists and craftsmen drew references from mythology, folklore and the real world around them. As shown above, art typically depicted the gods, heroes and kings of ancient Rome. Such depictions were included into all types of art – be it sculpture and mosaics, or even artistic objects.

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