Museum Council

Meet Laure Marest, the new Cornelius and Emily Vermeule Assistant Curator, Greek and Roman Art

Laure is a recent hire at the Museum and a newly minted PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation was a heavyweight entitled “What’s in a Face? Rethinking the Greek Portrait through Hellenistic Glyptic.” (“Glyptic” is the art of gem carving.)

Prior to pursuing her PhD at Berkeley, Laure worked as a curatorial assistant and intern at the Getty Villa, where she was introduced to and participated in various aspects of museum work, including serving as co-curator of the exhibition “Collector’s Choice: J. Paul Getty and His Antiquities.” In 2014, Laure held a Mellon Curatorial Fellowship that brought her to the MFA for five months to study our world-renowned gem collection.

Initially drawn to the Hellenistic period because of its rich history, Laure appreciates how life in ancient Greece is comparable to today’s culture and politics.

To learn more about the art of this period, join one of the weekly gallery tours of the Art of the Ancient World collection.