The ancient Roman goddess Minerva sits on a cloud, while her hair blows in the wind. She holds a lance and a shield.

This exhibition addresses the widespread, multidisciplinary engagement with Greco-Roman antiquity among scholars, students, and art collectors in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Northern Europe. Engravings and illustrated books drawn from the holdings of the Davis Museum and Special Collections highlight how printed media reproduced and circulated knowledge about ancient art, literature, philosophy, science, and political history on a scale unprecedented before the invention of the printing press. 

This exhibition is curated by Heather Hughes, Kemper Assistant Curator of Academic Affairs and Exhibitions, with generous support from the Marjorie Schechter Bronfman '38 and Gerald Bronfman Endowment for Works on Paper and with special thanks to Wellesley College Special Collections.