Discover Germany, Issue 54, September 2017

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Portrait of Empress Julia Domna, around 200 AD, wife of Septimius Severus, marble, Inv. Gl 354. © Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek München

Portrait bust of Emperor Augustus (63 BC - 14 AD), marble, Inv. 317. © Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek München

Portrait of Miltiades (presumed), a Greek commander from Athens. Roman copy, around 490 BC, marble, Inv. Gl 172. © Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek München


Greek and Roman antiquity in Munich What started in the 16th century as the private collection of Bavarian dukes and kings, today is a hotspot for lovers of ancient art.

outstanding exhibition of marble portraits from times long gone.


The Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek, which have been famous for their extraordinary and culturally enlightening exhibits for a long time, have added a new highlight to their programme. The temporary exhibition Charakterköpfe − Portraits of Greeks and Romans invites visitors to encounter ancient poets and philosophers, generals and statesmen, rulers and their wives up close. “The exhibition consists of realistic and outstanding ancient marble portraits of famous men and women. These portraits give our visitors the unique chance to encounter antiquity on a more personal, intimate level, which enables them to directly engage with a real person that lived

hundreds of years ago,” Dr. Florian Knauß, director of these collections briefly elucidates the general idea of the temporary exhibition. “In addition to our own extensive collection of outstanding ancient marble portraits, the exhibition consists of a number of exhibits on loan from major archaeological as well as private collections. These artefacts make up for a highly interesting blend of lifelike marble treasures that is certain to captivate our visitors,”Knauß underlines. The temporary collection opened its doors on 12 July and the portraits are on view until 14 January 2018 - plenty of time left to visit Munich and to pay a visit to this

Portrait of the Egyptian Queen Berenice II (around 272-221 BC), marble, Inv. Gl 543. © Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek München

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