18 novembre 2017

Treasures of Early Christian art on view at the Toledo Museum of Art

TOLEDO, OH.- This fall the Toledo Museum of Art unveils a focused and captivating exhibition of early Christian art. Blending exquisite beauty with historical significance, Glorious Splendor: Treasures of Early Christian Art features approximately 30 masterpieces of Late Roman art from private collections and TMA holdings, most of which have never been exhibited before in a museum. “Glorious Splendor will showcase a dazzling array of Late Roman masterpieces and marks the first time that a special exhibition of... [Lire la suite]

01 novembre 2017

Artcurial announces highlights from its Archaeology and Middle East Arts sale

Lot 11. A Roman bronze military mask, found in France in 1908, 1st-2nd century, found in France in 1908. Estimate: €150,000 –200,000/ $165,000 – 220,000. © Artcurial.  PARIS.- On 7th November 2017, Artcurial will organize its second auction of the year dedicated to archaeology and to Middle east arts. This sale will be led by a collection of antiques with a prestigious provenance: that of the French writer Henry de Montherlant (1895-1972). Looking back to ancient times, the writer had a close... [Lire la suite]
04 septembre 2017

Roman Cast Glass Bowl, 1st century B.C.E.-1st century C.E.

Roman Cast Glass Bowl, 1st century B.C.E.-1st century C.E. Cast glass. © Miho Museum. Shallow basin cast from blue translucent glass. The rim has a rounded band while the walls of the basin are relatively curved and the outer edge is diagonal and the base has a slight hollow. A wide horizontal groove is cut into the outer side of the rim, while the inner side of the rim is circled by one and the inner side of the basin's torso circled by two thin horizontal cut grooves. Both inner and outer surfaces are smoothly finished.
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04 septembre 2017

Roman Cut Glass Beaker, 1st-2nd century B.C.E., from the Eastern Mediterranean

Roman Cut Glass Beaker, 1st-2nd century B.C.E., from the Eastern Mediterranean. Cut glass, H. 13.1 cm. © Miho Museum. The cut-glass technique using almost colorless translucent cast glass has already appeared in Assyria by the 8th century BC, but it did not become widespread until the Roman period. This cup was blown from yellowish green translucent glass which was then formed in a mold and later cut with decorations. The long narrow hexagonal cuts are ranged in three and a half vertical registers, and with each neighboring row... [Lire la suite]
04 septembre 2017

Roman Glass Bottle with Cut Crystal Decoration, ca. 1st century C.E., from the Eastern Mediterranean or Italy

Roman Glass Bottle with Cut Crystal Decoration, ca. 1st century C.E., from the Eastern Mediterranean or Italy. Cut glass © Miho Museum.  This bottle looks like it is a column of crystal. Blown and molded from colorless translucent glass, the bottle was shaped with cut work. Just beneath the mouth area a sharp angled cord was cut around the neck, and then after a brief hiatus slightly below, the cut surfaces begin. There are 12 cut lines that run from the right shoulder downward toward the lower left, and then another 12 cuts... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2017

New exhibition at San Antonio Museum of Art combines science and art

Head of Antinous as Dionysos, Roman, A.D. 130-138, Marble, h. 15 in. (38.1 cm), San Antonio Museum of Art, gift of Gilbert M. Denman, Jr. Photography by Peggy Tenison. SAN ANTONIO, TX.- On September 1, the San Antonio Museum of Art will present Antinous, the Emperor’s Beloved: Investigating a Roman Portrait, the first exhibition of its kind for the Museum, as it focuses on the close examination of a single work in the collection. This exhibition shares both scientific, behind-the-scenes research and the story of... [Lire la suite]

26 août 2017

Roman Bronze Lion with Eyes Inlaid in Silver, 1st century B.C.E.-1st century C.E.

Roman Bronze Lion with Eyes Inlaid in Silver, 1st century B.C.E.-1st century C.E. Bronze and silver, W. 14.2 cm. © Miho Museum This bronze figure has a wildly disheveled mane and its legs arranged in a very life-like manner, creating a powerful, extremely realistic image of a lion. Here the lion is shown crouching low, as it targets its prey, emitting a low growl, walking slowly with head turned slightly to the right. The fangs and eyes created with silver inlay add a bit of low piercing light to his face. The Fuller... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2017

“Drink That You May Live”: Ancient Glass from the Yale University Art Gallery

Bowl, Hellenistic or Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, late 2nd century B.C.–early 1st century A.D. Cast mosaic glass, 3 1/16 × 5 9/16 in. (7.8 × 14.1 cm). Yale University Art Gallery, Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Bequest of Mrs. William H. Moore, 1955.6.20. Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery. NEW HAVEN, CONN.- The Yale University Art Gallery announces the opening of “Drink That You May Live”: Ancient Glass from the Yale University Art Gallery. The museum is home to one of the most... [Lire la suite]
03 juillet 2017

A Roman cobalt blue glass chalice, circa 4th Century A.D.

Lot 186. A Roman cobalt blue glass chalice, circa 4th Century A.D. Estimate £10,000 - 15,000 (€11,000 - 17,000). Photo: Bonhams. The large, deep ovoid body mould-blown with an irregular honeycomb pattern, a band of vertical fluting beneath the everted cut-off rim, on a disc foot with knobbed stem, 18.3cm high Provenance: with Sheppard and Cooper Ltd, London, 1995 (Glass of the Dark Ages, 1995, p.5, no.4).Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 8 June 2001, lot 220. Note: W. Haberey suggests that... [Lire la suite]
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03 juillet 2017

A Roman amber glass ribbed bowl, Late 1st Century B.C. - early 1st Century A.D.

Lot 168. A Roman amber glass ribbed bowl, Late 1st Century B.C. - early 1st Century A.D. Estimate £1,800 - 2,200 (€2,100 - 2,500). Photo: Bonhams. With twenty-nine tooled vertical ribs on the exterior, decorated on the interior with a wheel-cut groove below the rim, on a flattened base, 11.7cm diam. Provenance: with J. Zadok & Sons, Jerusalem, Israel.Dr Stanley I. Batkin (1914 - 2015) collection, Scarsdale, New York, acquired from the above on 6 January 1976.Private collection, USA, acquired from the... [Lire la suite]