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Back to the Future with Dr. Michael Bennett – Gallery Spotlight: What’s Up, Persephone?

Back to the Future with Dr. Michael Bennett is a yearlong series of lectures, gallery spotlights and intimate garden conversations centered on the MFA’s distinguished collection of antiquities. Ancient art has no expiration date; it abounds with lessons that remain relevant today. These discussions and lectures provide museum members and the public with the opportunity to become familiar with ancient Mediterranean art, upcoming exhibitions, topical subjects in the field, and to gain a deeper appreciation for ancient works in the museum’s collection.

Please visit us for one (or all) of these fascinating presentations by our noted antiquities scholar, Dr. Michael Bennett.  During a Gallery Spotlight, we’ll focus on one piece of work on view at the Museum.  These intimate discussions offer an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about notable pieces in our collection.

In the Gallery Spotlight “What’s Up, Persephone?” we will learn about the long-term loan to the Museum of Fine Arts, Bust of Persephone.  This imposing bust of Persephone is the product of a practiced workshop tradition at the height of the Classical period.  Dr. Michael Bennett will introduce us to the Greek goddess Persephone, the wife of Hades, with whom she rules the Underworld. We’ll learn about the clothing she is wearing, the Greek city-states where the bust was produced, and much more during this 30-minute conversation with our Senior Curator of Early Western Art.


Free with Admission


Credit:  Bust of Persephone, Greek, Sicily, 420-400 B.C., Terracotta, Anonymous Loan

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July 17, 2019

11–11:30 am

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