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.

RSVP: Friends-LaurelSociety@mfa.org

Reception following Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture, “Carvers and Collectors: The Lasting Allure of Ancient Gems”

Next Session: This event is closed.
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Riley Seminar Room, 156
Admission
For members only - no ticket required
Event Type
Special Event
Eligibility
Exclusively for Laurel Society participants