Harvard Art Museums – Room 3710
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 #892 the spotlight is on the Harvard Art Museums’ Room 3710. Showcasing a collection of the North Arcade.
The three works in focus are :
Marcus Aurelius, Unidentified, 16th century
Funerary Relief of a Woman and Two Children, c. 150 CE
Head of Bodhisattva, 4th-5th century
The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide
Palmyra was an ancient city in modern day Syria. The region was historically marked with signifiers of the life of its citizens. From tower tombs to sculptural portraits, archeologists and historians have had much to discover and analyse of the region.
Artefacts from the region have made it into some of the top private and public art collections of the world. These relics are irreplaceable treasures, especially after the extremist terrorist organisation ISIS bombed the region and destroyed it some of the remaining architecture.
Room 3710 houses some fine examples of Palmyrene portraiture. Such artistic renditions were made of people with high social status at the time.
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