Fragment of a newly discovered portrait of Hadrian

It is rarely the case that we can not only identify the person represented by a headless bust, but it is also possible to reconstruct the facial features and tell the time of its creation with a few years of accuracy. This is exactly what happened to the bust on display in the third exhibition of our Mouseion series, on view from 3 September 2019 until 23 February 2020, and presented here by classical archaeologist Hans Rupprecht Goette.

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Medmaean variations on the themes of the Severe Style

The votive terracottas from ancient Medma – today’s Rosarno in South Italy –, are on display until 11 August at the exhibition of Classical Antiquities in the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest. Our first post on the mini exhibition open since the fall of 2018 introduced the site and its historical context, as well as the religious historical significance of the votive statuettes. Taking a closer look at some of the objects, classical archaeologist Ágnes Bencze, an expert on Medmaean finds, shares her thoughts on the art historical context of the repertoire of Medmaean votive terracottas.
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The sanctuaries of Medma

Exhibition in Budapest – research programme in South Italy

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Nine terracotta statuettes from South Italian Rosarno, the ancient Medma, are on display at the Museum of Fine Arts between 30 October 2018 and 11 August 2019, heralding the new seasonal exhibition series of the Collection of Classical Antiquities entitled Mouseion

Classical archaeologist Ágnes Bencze outlines the historical and cultural context of the statuettes on display: Greek culture in South Italy in the 8th to 4th centuries BC, Lokroi and its neighbouring cities, together with their interconnected religious practices, as well as the research programme focusing on the terracotta statuettes recovered from the sanctuaries of Medma.

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