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Roman Art from the Louvre at the Museum of Art – June 19 to Oct. 12

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Yesterday, the Romans invaded Oklahoma City!  Well, some of their art did, anyway.  The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the last stop on the tour of Roman art from the Louvre, that huge, famous museum of art in Paris.  This is one of the largest touring exhibits to visit the museum—it will take up the entire special exhibition gallery and the eight second floor galleries!  The Roman art will be in Oklahoma City for sixteen weeks, ending on October 12. 

Visitors to the museum will be able to view 184 different works.  Some of these pieces have been in storage or undergoing restoration for quite some time—some haven’t been seen for decades, in fact, and most have never been seen in the US. 

These historical items date back to the first century B.C. and include busts, sculptures, sarcophagi, statuettes, jewelry, cups, mosaics, fresco paintings, and silver pieces from the island of Pompeii.  Some of these items were actually used by the family of Constantine and several other major Roman families. 

Not everything in the exhibit is ancient.  The first part of the exhibit, for example, serves as an introduction to the Roman period and includes contemporary drawings of Roman cities and landscapes.  The next section focuses on the emperors and includes paintings of Marcus Aurelius and Augustus, just to name a few.  Other sections of the exhibit focus on Roman cities and religion in the Roman Empire.

Admission to the Roman art exhibit doesn’t cost anything extra—all you have to pay is the $12 standard museum entry fee.  While you’re there, you can check out everything else the Oklahoma City Museum of Art has to offer, including the very cool Dale Chihuly glass art.  You can also visit the gift shop and have lunch at the museum café.  More information, including directions, can be found at the museum’s website at http://www.okcmoa.com/

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