Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Art


Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Art

Ahmanson Building, Level 3

A large portion of LACMA’s ancient Greek and Roman art collection was donated by William Randolph Hearst, the publishing magnate, in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Ancient Greek and South Italian vases highlight the early “black-figure” style and the later “red-figure” technique, and Roman sculptures believed to be copies of the lost or destroyed Greek originals include the Hope Hygieia and the Bateman Mercury.


Attic Red-Figure Amphora
Greece, Attica
c. 470–460 B.C.
The Hope Athena
Italy, Ostia or Rome, Roman
2nd century
Janiform Herm with Paniskos and Paniske
B.C. 1st century–1st century A.D.
Late 1st century A.D.

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