The Classical Art Society is dedicated to the study of the art of the ancient and medieval Mediterranean world, encouraging interest in the art of the ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, and Byzantine cultures.
The Classical Art Society, founded in 1986, is committed to enhancing the museum's outstanding collection of ancient and Byzantine art, which includes premier holdings of stone and bronze sculpture, coins, glass, jewelry, mosaics, and a world-famous collection of Greek vases.
Annual series of lectures presented by distinguished scholars from September to May
Past topics include:
Marcus Aurelius and Portraits of Power
Griffins and Gorgons: The Greek Encounter with the East
Egypt and the Minoan World
Continuity and Change in Late Antique Art
Gala to mark the opening of the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art
Reception to mark the 25th anniversary of the Classical Art Society
The loan and display of a Marcus Aurelius statue from the Pergamon Museum in Berlin
The publication of a museum catalogue on the museum's collection of ancient art
Member international study trips to Berlin, Turkey, Sicily, Crete, and Northern Italy
Curator-led trips to museum exhibitions, auction houses, and galleries throughout the United States
6 hours 24 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT A view of George F. Harding’s “castle museum,” built in 1927.
The prominent businessman and politician had already amassed a sprawling collection of artworks, arms, and armor when he built an annex to his home on Chicago’s South Side. The Gothic Revival stone turret—complete with cannonballs embedded in the exterior walls—also included a dungeon and secret passages. Following Harding's death in 1939, the “castle” became a public museum for two decades until it was demolished during an urban renewal project. The collection was eventually brought to the Art Institute, fulfilling Harding’s intention to offer his stunning collection of art, arms, and armor to the people of Chicago.
See Harding's collection like never before in Saints & Heroes: Art of Medieval and Renaissance Europe.
9 hours 2 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SUNDAY—Rodney McMillian: a great society
Grappling with the complexities of class, race, and place in America, Rodney McMillian employs elements of performance, public speaking, oral history—and his interest in the science fiction genre—to expose the social and psychological consequences of economic inequality and endemic racism. While his work engages the often stark realities of history and contemporary culture, it is motivated by the potential for alternative realities and future transformation.
11 hours 46 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago "These galleries will make even the saint-averse stop and take notice."
via Chicago Tribune