This lesson is an online accompaniment to the tour by the same name available at the MFA. This tour offers an overview of the Art of the Ancient World collection at the MFA, including works from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Students will look closely at artifacts from various ancient cultures, including sculpture, metals, and ceramics.
The Art of the Ancient World collection ranks among the premier encyclopedic collections in the world, with over 83,000 works of art from Egypt, Nubia, the Near East, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, and Anatolia. The objects in the collection range in date from about 6500 BC to AD 600 and cover a broad geographical expanse, from Britain to Afghanistan. There is something for everyone, including sculpture, jewelry, coffins, mummies, coins, weapons, architecture, vases, carved gems, musical instruments, and mosaics.
In exploring this lesson, students will:
· Discover objects of the Ancient world from various time periods and in different media
· Learn how these Ancient civilizations influenced one another
· Explore the religious beliefs and daily life of these Ancient civilizations
This discovery will require students to:
· Look closely and make observations
· Express their ideas
· Support their ideas by grounding them in a work of art
Using this resource:
· Social studies teachers will be interestedin the connections between ancient history and the images in the gallery.
· Visual art teachers will be interested in the examination of the history of the art of the ancient world, including art from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
For sample related classroom activities, download the PDFs available under Related Resources.
The objects in this lesson are just a beginning. We encourage you to explore the Museum's online collection through this web resource -- or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries—to look for other objects that will provide further insights into the Art of the Ancient World.