Ancient and Byzantine Art

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Portrait Bust of a Woman, Mid–2nd century AD. Rome.

The Art Institute’s Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art showcases the origins and early development of Western art from the dawn of the third millennium BC to the time of the great Byzantine Empire. It includes examples of Greek, Etruscan, Roman, and Egyptian sculpture in stone, clay, and bronze, as well as coins, glass, jewelry, vases, and mosaics of outstanding quality and interest. There are some 6,000 works of ancient Mediterranean art in the department’s holdings: superb Old Kingdom Egyptian reliefs; a strong collection of Greek vases, particularly red-figure technique pieces; Greek and Roman coins, stone sculpture, and jewelry, all showcasing the origins and early development of Western art from the dawn of the third millennium BC to the time of the great Byzantine Empire.

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