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Boshell Foundation Lecture: What’s Old Is New Again—Reimagining Galleries of Greek and Roman Art



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Mosaic Fragment with Man Leading a Giraffe, 5th century. Byzantine. Gift of Mrs. Robert B. Mayer

The George D. and Margo Behrakis Wing Museum at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has recently undergone an ambitious and exciting transformation that includes a grand entrance to the museum’s outstanding collection of Greek and Roman art and a new home for the collection of Byzantine art.

Join us as two of the project’s leaders—Phoebe Segal, Mary Bryce Comstock Curator of Greek and Roman Art, and Laure Marest, Cornelius and Emily Vermeule Associate Curator of Greek and Roman Art—share insights into the project. They’ll also discuss how a combination of the most recent scholarship and the latest technology has led to exciting discoveries about the collection and the original social context and appearance of ancient artworks.

The discussion will be moderated by the Art Institute’s Lorien Yonker, assistant curator in Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium, who will also provide insights into future installation and exhibition plans for our own Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art.

This program is generously sponsored by the Boshell Family Foundation.

About the Speakers

Laure Marest is the Cornelius and Emily Vermeule Associate Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She holds degrees in history and art history from the Sorbonne, Paris, and the University of California, Berkeley. She previously worked at the Getty Villa Museum, Malibu, and has excavated at Pompeii, Italy, and Butrint, Albania. A recipient of awards and grants from the Archaeological Institute of America and the Mellon Foundation, she has published in the field of glyptics and numismatics. Her other interests include Hellenistic portraiture and sculpture, reception of antiquity, and museum practices.

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Phoebe Segal is the Mary Bryce Comstock Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She earned her BA from Brown University (1999) and PhD in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia (2007). She has excavated in Greece, Italy, and Cyprus and is co-chair of the Museums and Exhibitions Committee of the Archaeological Institute of America. Since 2008, she has curated several exhibitions and gallery renovations at the MFA, most recently early Greek art (2022).

Please note that this is an in-person event that takes place at the museum.

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