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The Many Faces of James Loeb

April 3, 2023 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


April 3, 2023
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States


Harvard Art Museums
(617) 495-9400

A terracotta figurine depicting a seated young woman with a mirror on her lap.


This event does not require a reservation; see further details below.

Venture with us into the world of collector and philanthropist James Loeb to uncover his personality, examine his influence on ancient studies, and delight in the small objects that filled his life. Specialists from different fields will present various aspects about Loeb, and together they will help us see a complete portrait.

Florian Knauss, from the State Collections of Antiquities and Glyptothek in Munich, will discuss Loeb as a collector and philanthropist. He will highlight objects from Loeb’s collection and give an overview of Loeb’s collecting activities and the legacy of his charitable achievements.

Mirte Liebregts, from the Radboud University in the Netherlands, will focus on the establishment of the Loeb Classical Library, the bilingual publication series founded by James Loeb. She will examine Loeb’s motivations for creating the series and their relationship to his collecting.

Harvard professor Richard F. Thomas will moderate a conversation after the two presentations.

This event accompanies the exhibition A World within Reach: Greek and Roman Art from the Loeb Collection, on view through May 7, 2023.

The galleries will be open until 5pm. You are encouraged to view the exhibition either before or after the event.

This program is sponsored by the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, Harvard University.

Support for the exhibition is provided by the Kelekian Fund.

Florian Knauss, Director, State Collections of Antiquities and Glyptothek in Munich, and Lecturer, University of Augsburg
Mirte Liebregts, Ph.D. candidate, Radboud Institute for Culture and History, Radboud University
Richard F. Thomas, George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics, Harvard University, and Trustee, Loeb Classical Library Foundation

Free admission, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The lecture will take place in Deknatel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on 480 Broadway.

Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museum.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at am_register@harvard.edu at least 48 hours in advance.