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Pomerance Collection of Ancient Art

DATES June 14, 1966 through October 02, 1966
  • June 13, 1966 “The Pomerance Collection of Ancient Art,” comprising 142 objects from the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Etruria, is the principal special exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum this summer. The collection, shown publicly in its entirety for the first time, will be on view from June 14 to October 2.

    The objects in the Pomerance Collection are representative of many civilizations, various religions, and empires of the ancient world ranging from Italy to Persia, and in time, from the third millennium B.C. to the Roman era. On view are items made for palaces at Tell el Amarna, Nineveh, and Persepolis as well as material fashioned for simpler people who lived in a humbler manner. Depicted in stone, glass, ivory, bronze and more precious metals are royal personages, soldiers, fertility figures, idols, gods and goddesses, comic heads and animals. The art of one civilization affected that of others, and an interplay of symbols, subjects and styles is often reflected in the works of art in this collection.

    In the short space of twelve years, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Pomerance have formed this collection, remarkable for its beauty and important for its archaeological value. Not content merely to collect the art of ancient peoples, the Pomerances have, since 1962, helped to support the excavation of Kato Zakro, a 16th century B.C. palace on Eastern Crete. Under the direction of Dr. Nikolas Platon and the Greek Archaeology Society, some 2,500 objects have been uncovered and placed in Crete’s Herakleion Museum.

    To contribute to the understanding of the exhibition and increase its appeal to the amateur of archaeology as well as to the specialist, maps, books and photographs germane to the collection are also displayed. Recent finds at Kato Zakro will be pictured and described by the Pomerances in a tape-recorded commentary.

    A fully illustrated catalogue with four color plates has been prepared by Miss Jean Keith, Assistant Curator, Department of Ancient Art, The Brooklyn Museum. It is available for $4.50. Admission to this exhibition is fifty cents; free to Museum Members. School groups making a prior appointment with the Museum’s Education Division will be admitted without charge.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1953 - 1970. 1962, 036-37.
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  • 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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