Greek and Roman Sculpture in American Collections

Greek and Roman Sculpture in American Collections

Greek and Roman Sculpture in American Collections

Greek and Roman Sculpture in American Collections

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The eight lectures which make up this book were delivered in the spring of 1919 as one of the courses offered by the Lowell Institute in Boston. In revising them for publication I have made some slight changes and have included a few monuments that have come to my attention during the intervening years. But with these exceptions I have left them as they were first written.

The plan for the lectures was suggested by Professor Kekulé von Stradonitz's Die Griechische Skulptur, in which the history of Greek sculpture is traced with special reference to the collection in the Berlin Museum. It seemed to me that a similar discussion of works of ancient sculpture in America might serve not only to call attention to the increasing wealth and importance of our collections in this field but also to provide a convenient brief history of the subject. If the book in any way fulfills these purposes, I shall be content.

In the selection of monuments to be considered, I have drawn for the most part on public, rather than on private, collections, partly because public galleries are always accessible for study and partly because of my ignorance of many works in private possession. My purpose was not to attempt to include all works of Greek and Roman sculpture in America, but rather to show that American collections already contain very satisfactory material for the study of the development of sculpture during the period of classical antiquity.

To the many Directors and Curators of museums who have generously responded to my requests for photographs of the . . .

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