Meet speaker Kenneth Lapatin, Associate Curator of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum, at this private reception following his lecture. During his lecture at 2 pm in Alfond Auditorium, learn about how the beauty of carved gemstones has captivated craftsmen, collectors, and connoisseurs since antiquity. Precious markers of culture and status, intaglios and cameos were commissioned and collected by Greek and Roman elites, as well as modern monarchs and aristocrats. The Museum of Fine Arts possesses one of the finest collections of ancient gems in the world. In this lecture, some of the highlights of the Museum’s collection will be presented and explored not only in their original contexts, but also how they inspired post-antique gem carvers and artisans working in other media, providing compelling evidence of the enduring allure of these ancient stone masterpieces in miniature.

This is a private event for Laurel Society participants.