Hellenistic Coins

The Barber Institute collection of Hellenistic coins is small but contains some fine specimens of early Greek coins, the earliest examples of ancient western coinage. It also contains some of the most beautiful and finely struck examples of Greek royal coinage. The reign of Alexander the Great provides a valuable case study of the powerful … Read more

The Master of the Griselda Legend (worked around 1490 – 1500)

Alexander the Great Siena, about 1494 Oil and tempera on wood 105.4 x 50.8 cm Alexander of Macedon (356 – 326BC) is shown as a youthful warrior posed on a pedestal.  This is one of a series, showing virtuous men and women of antiquity, which decorated a palace in Siena.  The inscription underlines the moral.  … Read more