Long Table No. 48 The Greek and Roman Numismatic Collection and Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Friday, May 7
1:00 pm EST

The Greek and Roman collection of the MFA includes about 8,000 coins and related objects, making it one of the most important numismatic collections in an American art museum. Started in the very first years of the museum’s foundation, it was formed by well-known and intriguing figures such as General Luigi Palma di Cesnola, Edward Perry Warren, and Theodora Wilbour, and was shaped by later curators such as Cornelius Vermeule. Since the 2012 opening of the Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins, the only dedicated numismatic gallery in an American art museum, the MFA has been striving to make the entire collection accessible online and integrated with online search tools. Join Dr. Laure Marest, Cornelius and Emily Vermeule Assistant Curator of Greek and Roman Art, as she discusses the history and scope of the collection, display and interpretative efforts, and recent digital accomplishments.

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