“Metropolitan’s Euphronios Vase” in Rome

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Euphronios Vase, 6th c. BCE (Villa Giulia, Rome)

Once a prized object in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), the Euphronios Vase has returned to Italy.  Read more in the NY Times (July 8, 2009).

3 thoughts on ““Metropolitan’s Euphronios Vase” in Rome

  1. Jim

    You do provide some of the most beautiful images on UMW BLogs. You should really setup up a photo blog corollary to this one. Where you can share all you image of the biennale we are dying to see.

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  2. Shilpa Sadarangani

    I thought it was interesting that the Italians didn’t seem to care too much about Euphronios’ krater being brought back to their country and put on display. From the pictures it looks like a gorgeous piece of art, depicting the death of Zeus’ son Sarpedon. I would’ve thought that they would have been not only happy to have it back in their country but also interested to see what it looked like in person. I also found the book that American journalist Vernon Silver wrote. I am interested to know how the Italians and certain individuals at the Met (like the former director who bought it) reacted to it. Finally, I found it humorous how open the last member of the tombaroli was about his illegal activities. He sounded proud of his actions and happy to be associated with such an impressive work of art.

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  3. Brianna Stumpf

    It’s sad that art work is treated this way. It’s even sadder that because of this it is very hard for people in many places to see art work because it is too dangerous to have museums there. It’s strange that one piece of valuable art work can be passed from person to person and place to place. It is good that some people see the value in it other than something to make money off of. It is disappointing that some places are not doing more to protect or properly search sites for art work.

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