Treasures: antiquities from Melbourne private collections

When Treasures: Antiquities from Melbourne private collections opens at the Ian Potter Museum of Art in October this year, visitors will see unique and rare objects from ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East – some over 5000 years old, and many presented for public display for the first time.

Art Exhibition previously on at Ian Potter Museum of Art in Australia.
From Saturday 22 October 2011 to Sunday 15 April 2012

Attributed to The Painter of the Macinagrossa Stand, Apulian, Southern Italy image

Published by Ian Potter Museum of Art on Friday 11 February 2011.
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Exhibition curator, Dr Andrew Jamieson, says “Melbourne is fortunate to have a number of important private collections of antiquities. These intricately crafted works from various collections reveal fascinating insights into ancient societies.”

For those with an interest in past civilisations, antiquities are objects of great enchantment, beauty and enjoyment, and often are our touchstones to unravelling our past.

There is a fascination with objects from the distant past. There is a desire to learn more about our ancient ancestors from statues, pottery, instruments, and jewellery. These ancient artefacts witness the point at which human civilisation began and their stories still resonate today. Antiquities are among the earliest examples of art, yet often imbued with extraordinary workmanship and creativity.

“Treasures is a wonderful display of some of selected works from around the world. This exhibition allows us to explore the history and culture of each piece as though we were collectors ourselves.” said Dr Jamieson