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This spring the Art Museum puts the focus on Greece with the major international loan exhibition The Berlin Painter and His World. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue celebrate ancient Greece and of the ideals of reason, proportion, and human dignity that are its legacy to all the peoples of the world.

Antioch-on-the-Orontes (modern Antakya, Turkey) was one of the great cities of the Hellenistic and Roman worlds and remained an important center through the Byzantine, Seljuk, Crusader, and Ottoman periods. From 1932 to 1939, an archaeological expedition to Antioch by a consortium of institutions, including Princeton University, produced a remarkable wealth of excavated finds that opened novel vistas onto a city that played a fundamental role in the shaping of politics and cultures in the Greek and Roman East for more than a millennium. Princeton University was given possession of a portion of the finds from the excavations, including the many Roman mosaic pavements now displayed in the Art Museum, McCormick Hall, Firestone Library, and the School of Architecture.

Roman Mosaic pavement: Earth, mid 2nd century A.D. Stone h. 140.0 cm., w. 140.0 cm. (55 1/8 x 55 1/8 in.) Gift of the Committee for the Excavation of Antioch to Princeton University y1965-207

Princeton's expeditions of the 1930s at the ancient city Antioch-on-the-Orontes, located near the modern city of Antakya, Turkey, unearthed archaeological treasures of one of the most important cultural and political centers of the Roman Empire.

The sculpture of Isis adds a new dimension to the Art Museum’s small but important collection of Egyptian art at a time when the study of ancient Egypt is occupying an increasingly prominent place in the curriculum.

Three very fine works of Roman sculpture, together with an exceptional Attic red-figure stamnos, are now on extended loan from the Republic of Italy. 

The Art Museum recently added to its fine collection of ancient Greek pottery an Attic skyphos, a type of clay wine cup with a deep bowl, two handles, and a disk foot. The skyphos is decorated in the black-figure technique by an anonymous vase painter known as the Theseus Painter. 

The Princeton University Art Museum recently acquired an Etruscan Praenestine cista with engravings of the Dioscuri and the Judgment of Paris.