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W&M Classical Studies students visit the National Gallery of Art

      W&M Students at the NGA

Professors Swetnam-Burland, Gondek, and Nichols arranged a trip for fifty William and Mary students to visit an exhibition on ancient bronzes currently on display at the National Gallery of Art, Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture from the Hellenistic World.  The exhibition features bronzes from major museum collections all around the world, and includes a marble base signed by the sculptor Lysippos, a minature copy of his "Weary Hercules," the Arringatore, and many others.  It was a particular thrill to see a collection of material preserved by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, which many of the students studied in Professor Swetnam-Burland's course on Pompeii and Herculaneum last semester. In addition, students met with the NGA's head of academic programs, Faya Causey, who gave them an insider's guide to the exhibition and offered useful tips on applying for internships at the NGA and the Smithsonian museums.  We thank the Charles Center's "Community of Scholars" program, the Department of Classical Studies, and the Williamsburg chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America for helping us fund this wonderful trip.

W&M at the NGA with Prof Nichols