Greek and Roman Art

Spanning a period from prehistory through the late Roman Empire, the collections of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art at the Cleveland Museum of Art are held in very high esteem nationally and internationally. Although modest in overall numbers, they include multiple works of rare quality, particularly in the areas of sculpture (in bronze and stone, small and large) and figure-decorated pottery. Among the sculptural highlights are a Greek marble torso of a kouros, the life-sized bronze Cleveland Apollo, an Etruscan bronze cista handle with two winged figures carrying a fallen warrior, and a Roman marble sarcophagus with tragic scenes involving Orestes. Important vases include an Attic black-figure dinos with warships and heroic scenes, an Attic white-ground lekythos with Atalanta and Erotes painted by Douris, and a Lucanian red-figure calyx-krater with Medea.