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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

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

The Art Institute’s Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium department showcases the origins and early development of Western art from the dawn of the third millennium BCE to the time of the great Byzantine Empire. It includes examples of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman sculpture in stone, clay, and bronze, as well as coins, glass, jewelry, vases, and mosaics of outstanding quality and interest. There are some 2,300 works of ancient Mediterranean art in the department’s holdings: 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 BCE to the time of the great Byzantine Empire.

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