When the new Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art open to the public this Sunday, November 11th, visitors will have the opportunity to examine never before seen pieces alongside favorites from the collection. But even if you've seen some of these artworks before, they'll look better than ever thanks to work recently done by the museum's conservation team.
A special education section of the gallery will now feature a display that explains the conservation process for some of these works. This area will include a video detailing the different techniques used, as well as the process of conserving ancient art. In anticipation of the opening, check out these behind the scenes photos of Art Institute staffers and a visiting conservator restoring and cleaning some of the objects in the new galleries.
—Chris Audain, Assistant to the Chair, Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art