Wall painting fragment showing female face, from Dura-Europos. Yale University Art Gallery, Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos (1929.353). Image: Yale University Art Gallery
Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire, Yale University Art Gallery, August 22, 2014–January 4, 2015
The Roman Empire was vast and diverse, but the inhabitants of even its most far-flung provinces—Britain, Gaul, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, and Tunisia—were all, to some degree, “Roman.” Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire examines the interaction between local traditions and Roman imperial culture through artifacts of daily life, politics, technology, and religion. The juxtaposition of mosaics, ceramics, sculpture, glass, textiles, coins, and jewelry presents a rich image of life in the Roman provinces. The exhibition features objects from across the empire, including works from Yale University’s excavations at Gerasa and Dura-Europos, many of which have rarely or never before been on view.