New galleries celebrate ancient luxury
The result of a $10 million gift to the Art Institute of Chicago made just under two years ago by Mary and Michael Jaharis--who are prominent collectors and supporters of Byzantine art--will be on display for the first time this weekend.
Opening Sunday, "Of Gods and Glamour" is the inaugural display in the sunny, 13,707-square-foot Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman and Byzantine art, which now hold more than 550 of the museum?s oldest objects.
No one lived like the ancient Greeks and Romans, and the galleries prove it with a wealth of life-size marble sculptures of goddesses and emperors, gleaming silver vessels, carved ivory and elaborate jewelry resting in gorgeous new cases custom-made by the Goppion Museum Workshop in Milan.
There are also 51 pieces on loan from the British Museum, artworks that provide a glimpse into opulent households and ecclesiastical sites that existed between A.D. 350 and 650.
The Art Institute calls "Of Gods and Glamour" a "journey through the beginnings of Western art;? we call it a look at a level of ingenuity and beauty that no modern computer could generate.
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