"Devotion and Decadence" Opens Tomorrow, October 17th!

By Rachel Herschman

From a farmer’s field to the cabinet of King Charles V of France, the masterpieces on view in Devotion and Decadence traveled different paths to arrive in the collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Join us for an in-depth look at a single artifact—from the time of its creation to the present—in the new programming series “Object Histories.”

Every Wednesday from October 17 through December 19 we will focus on a single object and explore its specific history, iconography, and manufacture in this brief lunchtime talk. Each discussion will feature a different artifact and visitors are welcome to return for a fresh conversation each week. The discussion will be lead by either Clare Fitzgerald, Associate Director for Exhibitions and Gallery Curator or Rachel Herschman, Curatorial Assistant, both at ISAW.

The Exhibition Gallery Talks: Object Histories are free and open to the public every Wednesday, 12-12:20pm, from October 17 through December 19. No registration is required.


Bowl with a Medallion Depicting Omphale
Roman, 1–100 CE
Findspot: Berthouville, France
Silver and gold
H. 8.2 cm Diam. 28.9 cm
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris: inv. 56.11

(To Augustan Mercury, Quintus Domitius Tutus in fulfillment of a vow)
Image: Tahnee Cracchiola © Getty-BnF