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Highlights Tour: San Antonio Museum of Art

When:
Friday, July 22, 2022, 10:30 AM until 11:30 AM
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Louise H Smoak
Category:
Educational Seminar
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee

Highlights Tour: San Antonio Museum of Art, Friday, July 22, 10:30 am - 11:30 am.  Tour is for FHNN and LFV members and volunteers only and is part of our collaboration. To register, email information.fhnn@gmail.com with "Highlights" in the subject line.


Enjoy a docent-led tour of highlights of the rich collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA). The museum which spans 5,000 years of global history and culture  is renowned for having the most comprehensive ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian art collection in the southern United States. It also houses a fabulous Latin American art wing and contemporary galleries. Recently, SAMA has been in the news because of its temporary display of a 2,000-year-old Roman portrait head that has a strange backstory. In 2018, Texas antiques dealer Laura Young found a missing relic at a Texas Goodwill store, where she purchased it for about $35. Pre-World War II, the marble sculpture stood in an idealized replica of a Roman villa (called the Pompejanum) built by Ludwig I of Bavaria in Aschaffenburg, Germany. During the war, the villa was heavily bombed by Allied forces and the bust disappeared. The most likely scenario is that a returning US soldier brought the sculpture from Germany to Texas, where it remained unknown until 2018.