MFA presents ancient Greece in new light

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is highlighting its freshly reorganized ancient Greek collection in new galleries.

The galleries opened Sept. 16 and showcase 230 works, focusing on three themes: “Homer and the Epics,” “Dionysos and the Symposium” and “Theater and Performance.”

The works, primarily from the 6th to the 4th century B.C., include marble and bronze sculptures, ceramic and metal vases, and terracotta figurines. Some of the pieces have been recently restored for the first time in a century.

The three galleries—including the Krupp and Greek Classical galleries—present the museum’s Greek collection in a thematic way for the first time. Additionally, new interactive multimedia displays will be included.

“Boston has long been known as the Athens of America, and there is no more fitting place than the MFA for a suite of galleries that bring alive the artistic and literary traditions of the ancient Greeks,” MFA Director Malcolm Rogers said in a release. “I am particularly excited that technology enables us to watch scenes from the Trojan War as they unfold on vases that are thousands of years old.”

The MFA is located at 465 Huntington Ave. For more information, see mfa.org.

This mixing bowl depicting the killing of the king Agamemnon, created by an artist known as the “Dokimasia Painter,” is among the ancient Greek works on display in the renovated galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Photo Courtesy MFA)

This mixing bowl depicting the killing of the king Agamemnon, created by an artist known as the “Dokimasia Painter,” is among the ancient Greek works on display in the renovated galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Photo Courtesy MFA)

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