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San Antonio Museum of Art (San Antonio, TX 78209-6396)
Jessica Powers (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Art, Nature, and Myth in Ancient Rome

Implementation of a temporary exhibition about landscape imagery in Roman art from the late Republic and early Empire.

"Art, Nature and Myth in Ancient Rome" will be the first exhibition in the United States to explore the wealth of landscape imagery in ancient Roman art. Our audiences' engagement with this striking genre will concentrate on three humanities themes: Human Engagement with Roman Landscapes, Roman Landscapes in Context, and Landscapes in Roman Art. Presented at the San Antonio Museum of Art from October 2021 to January 2022, the exhibition will present approximately 65 works, including wall paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and cameo glass and silver vessels. The proposed checklist features important works from the Vatican Museums and five Italian lenders, many of which have never before been exhibited in the United States. The project received an NEH exhibition planning grant (2018), and we are now requesting an implementation grant to support the shipping and installation of the international and domestic loans, which are essential to conveying the exhibition’s humanities themes.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Art History and Criticism; Classical History

Exhibitions: Implementation

Public Programs

$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2023