This volume gathers papers from a 2005 symposium in honor of David Gordon Mitten, George M. A. Hanfmann Curator of Ancient Art, Emeritus, at the Harvard Art Museum. Its nine essays by students and colleagues focus on objects that Mitten collected during his thirty-year tenure at the museum and, as Harvard’s James Loeb Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology, used for his inspired teaching. Among the subjects of the essays: a small Minoan bronze female statuette of the late Bronze Age; a puzzling reconstructed Roman marble statue of a boy, second century AD; an Etruscan amphora depicting the ambush of Troilus; and a faience aryballos (oil container) in the shape of a hedgehog. Some of the objects have never been published before, and others are presented with new research and interpretation.
Amy Brauer is Diane Heath Beever Associate Curator of Ancient Art at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum.
Contributors to the volume are Michael Bennett, Ada Cohen, Colette Czapski Hemingway, Seán Hemingway, John J. Herrmann Jr., Caroline Houser, Kimberley C. Patton, Aaron J. Paul, and Susan Woodford, with Donato Attanasio and Amy Jones.