Reflecting Antiquity: Iridized Glass

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The first major exhibition to focus on the influence of ancient Roman styles on the glassmakers of the 19th century, Reflecting Antiquity, shows modern works along with an exceptional grouping of rare ancient Roman glass.

Explore modern and ancient versions of intricate mosaic glass, extraordinary cage cups, beautiful cameo glass, stunning iridescent works and intriguing gold glass pieces. Sometimes the Roman originals inspired relatively faithful copies and variations on the theme. At other times, the originals were points of departure, resulting in a long line of experiments that ultimately bore little resemblance to the glass of ancient Rome.