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Greek Gold Jewelry from the Age of Alexander

DATES January 20, 1966 through March 09, 1966
  • November 1, 1965 TWELVE YEARS OF COLLECTING: 1953-1965

    One hundred and fifty prints and drawings selected from gifts and purchases made by the Department of Prints and Drawings over the past twelve years.

    -- Through December 26, 1965

    THE CHRISTMAS PAINTING - "La Sacra Famiglia" by Domenico Puligo (Florentine, 1475-1527)

    The annual Christmas loan comes this year from the Borghese Gallery in Rome. The painting has not been exhibited before in the United States.

    -- December 6, 1965 to January 3, 1966


    For the first time in this country, a major show of the most precious of the minor arts of antiquity - gold jewelry of the Hellenistic Period - is being undertaken. A comprehensive catalog will accompany the exhibition.

    -- January 20, 1966 to March 9, 1966


    A selection of contemporary prints by American artists living in this country will be on view. New methods and materials in the art of printmaking will be revealed in a wide variety of subject matter.

    -- February 1, 1966 to May 29, 1966


    The Museum will present the first retrospective exhibition of this 19th century American artist. Neglected until recently, Hamilton (1819-1878) achieved an unusually loose and luminous style for his time and is often called the “American Turner."

    -- March 29, 1966 to May 22, 1966


    The Garden, containing architectural ornaments from buildings now demolished in the New York City area, will open on the occasion of the Annual Ball.

    -- April 23, 1966


    A private collection of Egyptian, Near Eastern and Greek art.

    -- June 7, 1966 to October 2, 1966

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1953 - 1970. 1965, 023
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  • January 1, 1966 The exacting and specialized creation of gold jewelry has become the unique profession of Mrs. Patricia F. Davidson, a Research Associate in the Department of Ancient Art at The Brooklyn Museum. Mrs. Davidson is co-author of the comprehensive catalogue accompanying the Museum's current special exhibition "Greek Gold: Jewelry from the Age of Alexander.”

    A science major in college who taught metal working in occupational therapy classes, Mrs. Davidson first explored silversmithing. Since 1957, she has been engaged in workshop and library studies directed towards the explanation of ancient techniques of goldsmithing. In connection with the Museum’s exhibition she made microscopic examinations of Greek jewelry in museums and private collections both in this country and abroad.

    Several years of intensive research and an unusual ability to penetrate some of the secrets of the lost techniques employed by goldsmiths of the ancient world have made her one of few acknowledged authorities in this field. Her own jewelry designs have been displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts and in various museums throughout the United States in the “Young Americans” exhibition sponsored by the American Federation of Arts.

    “Greek Gold: Jewelry from the Age of Alexander” is one of the most important and dramatic exhibitions ever shown at The Brooklyn Museum. It brings together for the first time a treasury of more than 200 pieces of priceless jewelry assembled from collections in eight countries. The display will be open to the public from January 20 to March 9.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1953 - 1970. 1966, 018.
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