Royal Ontario Museum Toronto, Ontario (416) 586-8000 www.rom.on.ca Continuing through January 3, 2010
This exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum showcases eight of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in desert caves near the site of Qumran in the mid-20th century. Among the scrolls on display in Canada’s largest-ever Scroll exhibit are fragments from the Biblical books of Deuteronomy, Psalms and Isaiah, as well as the War Scroll. Along with the scrolls, visitors can see more than 200 artifacts, including architectural fragments from the Second Temple complex in Jerusalem and 2,000-year-old pottery, coins and ossuaries, which illuminate the social and historical context in which the texts were written. The exhibit also features a virtual reconstruction of the Jerusalem Temple, as well as a display about the legacy of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece
The Walters Art Museum Baltimore, Maryland (410) 547-9000 www.thewalters.org Continuing through January 3, 2010
What makes a hero? Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, now on display at The Walters Art Museum, explores this timeless question with more than 100 artifacts showcasing the lives and legends of such ancient Greek heroes as Achilles, Herakles, Odysseus and Helen (such as Helen and Menelaos at the Sack of Troy). Culled from the world’s finest museums, the exhibit’s statues, reliefs, vases, bronzes and jewelry tell the story of these ancient heroes and heroines, while offering insight into their importance within Greek society, both as objects of veneration and as role models. As part of the exhibit, visitors can also walk through a large-scale reconstruction of an ancient Greek hero shrine.
Scripture for the Eyes: Bible Illustration in Netherlandish Prints of the Sixteenth Century
Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University (404) 727-4282 Atlanta, Georgia www.carlos.emory.edu Continuing through January 24, 2010
This exhibition brings together more than 80 Biblically inspired engravings and woodcuts crafted in the Netherlands during the 16th century. The prints, which include vivid portrayals of such Old and New Testament episodes as the Adoration of the Magi, The Return of the Prodigal Son and the Crossing of the River Jordan, were used to illustrate northern European Bibles during the tumultuous periods of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. Crafted by both Catholic and Lutheran artists, the engravings and woodcuts gave subtle yet artistic expression to these competing theological interpretations.
Dead Sea Scrolls: Words That Changed the World
Royal Ontario MuseumToronto, Ontario(416) 586-8000www.rom.on.caContinuing through January 3, 2010
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