The Georgia Welles Apollo Society Donates Ancient Bust to Toledo Museum of Art

Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 by: Teri Sharp | Category: Arts and Entertainment

[caption id="attachment_15833" align="alignright" width="200"]Roman, Bust of a Flavian Matron. Marble, late 1st century CE, H. 20 inches. Toledo Museum of Art. Gift of the Georgia Welles Apollo Society, 2016. Roman, Bust of a Flavian Matron. Marble, late 1st century CE, H. 20 inches. Toledo Museum of Art. Gift of the Georgia Welles Apollo Society, 2016.[/caption]TOLEDO, Ohio – A portrait bust of a Flavian matron depicting a member of Ancient Roman nobility recently was selected by The Georgia Welles Apollo Society as a gift to the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection. The sophisticated Ancient Roman woman is framed by carefully chiseled corkscrew curls, a standard hairstyle of the time, and her cheeks are stained with a faint yellow, a sign the bust was most likely part of a memorial to the deceased. (Dabbing palm oil on the cheeks of these funerary sculptures was one of the rituals of Ancient Romans.) It is on display in the Museum’s Classic Court. “Her face is intact, which is exceptional,” said Adam Levine, associate director and lead curator for this year’s Apollo selection process. “We don’t know who she was, but she was obviously a woman of some means to have this bust made.” The Georgia Welles Apollo Society, formerly known as the Apollo Society, is a group of donors who pool their funds annually to purchase a work of art for the Museum. The organization’s name was changed in June from The Apollo Society to The Georgia Welles Apollo Society on the occasion of the group’s 30th anniversary and in recognition of local arts patron Georgia Welles who has played an instrumental role in the group’s success since its inception. # # # The Toledo Museum of Art is a nonprofit arts institution funded through individual donations, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and investments. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund programs at the Toledo Museum of Art through a sustainability grant program that encourages economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Glass Pavilion® and Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion® are registered service marks. Admission to the Museum is free. The Museum is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.; and is closed Monday and major holidays. Thursday evening hours are sponsored by Huntington Wealth Advisors. Friday evening hours are made possible by Fifth Third Bank. The Museum is located at 2445 Monroe Street at Scottwood Avenue, just west of the downtown business district and one block off I-75 with exit designations posted. For general information, visitors can call 419-255-8000 or 800-644-6862, or visit

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