Homer and the Epics
Wine, Poets, and Performers in Ancient Greece

Krupp Gallery (Gallery 215A)
This gallery is closed in anticipation of an ambitious and exciting transformation of the George D. and Margo Behrakis Wing for Art of the Ancient World. Scheduled to open in Fall 2021, five galleries on Level 2 of the Wing will provide visitors with a grand entry to the MFA’s renowned collection of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine art—one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world. Many of the featured works are among the oldest in the collection, yet they will tell new stories, reflecting our time through the art of the past. With innovative new displays, visitors of all ages can understand the legacy of an ancient way of life and how it resonates today.

Is there any name that more instantaneously conjures the classical tradition in the modern imagination than Homer? Today, the itinerant blind bard’s stories and their enduring appeal are ubiquitous, appearing everywhere from high school curricula to Hollywood films. From the 8th century BCE on, ancient artists sought to render Homer’s poems about the trials and tribulations of a golden age of heroes—passed on orally for generations before they were written down—in visual terms. They created objects in media ranging from monumental religious sculpture to smaller personal items such as seals and gemstones. This gallery showcases the MFA’s world-renowned collection of artwork illustrating scenes, many of them unique, from the Trojan Cycle.