Emulating Antiquity

January 26, 2019– February 16, 2020
Nineteenth-Century European Sculpture



Powerful ancient goddesses and heroic warriors populate this gallery of French, British, and American sculpture from the 19th century. Accompanied by Lawrence Alma Tadema's monumental painting The Sculpture Gallery from the mid-1870s—a treatise on the legacy of ancient Greek and Roman art—the works testify to the prominent place of figural sculpture at this time. The lenses through which we view this art have shifted in the last thirty years, prompting the exploration of themes from homoeroticism and sexuality to changing aesthetic ideals.

Exhibition Curator

Katherine W. Hart