The Department of Classics

Echoes of the Ancient World Exhibition

Echoes of the Ancient World: Adaptations of the Classical Tradition was a collaborative exhibit with participation by students and faculty from the Grand Valley State University Classics and Art & Design departments. Highlighting a variety of works dating from the ancient world to the present day, the exhibit provided a venue for thinking about the use of classical images and themes in a variety of media.

Greek and Roman pottery, architectural fragments, and funerary offerings were displayed, as well as neoclassical furniture, clothing, and other domestic items inspired by the classical style. Souvenirs brought back to Grand Rapids by nineteenth century tourists traveling through Greece and Italy include postcards, ashes from Mount Vesuvius, and a brick fom the Colosseum. Drawings, prints, and sculpture illustrate modern interpretations of classical themes. In these objects, and many others that surround us in our daily lives, the appropriation of classical antiquity reflects concepts of taste, status and identity.

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