Arts de l'antiquité, uen collection centenaire (Arts of Antiquity, a Centenary Collection), on view until October 6 at the Musée Barbier-Mueller in Geneva, reflects the passion of three generations of collectors of ancient art. Begun by Josef Mueller in the early twentieth century, the collection of antiquities at the Barbier-Mueller Museum was enriched by the acquisitions of his son-in-law Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller and of his grandsons. The pieces on display, chosen for their aesthetic quality, are ambassadors of civilization as varied as the Cyclades, Predynastic and Pharaonic Egypt, Greece, and Rome. They are landmarks in this representative tour of the artistic production of the ancient world. The panorama offered to visitors illustrates the major tendencies, the extraordinary diversity, and the vitality of the art of antiquity, from the sixth millennium BC to the third century AD.
|Female figure - Cyclades - circa 2900 BC|
|Female figure ("Bactrian Princess") - Oxus civilization - End of 3rd millennium BC|
|Vase with scorpion-men - Southeast Iran - 2600–2200 BC|
Information and images courtesy of the Musée Barbier-Mueller de Genève