The Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo, and Adam Levine, TMA’s deputy director and curator of ancient art, will discuss the precious objects featured in Glorious Splendor: Treasures of Early Christian Art on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle as part of the Museum’s Masters Series. The conversation takes place with just three days left to view the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.
“There is a rich history associated with these great objects and I am looking forward to having an insightful conversation regarding their Christian origins,” Bishop Thomas said.
As curator of the exhibition, Levine worked with private collectors to present a focused exhibition with intricate objects from the second to seventh centuries, many that have never been on display in a museum before. He will facilitate the conversation with Bishop Thomas.
“It will be fascinating to discuss the historically-significant items featured in the exhibition with Bishop Thomas,” said Levine.
The lecture will appeal to visitors intrigued by history and religion and the way that art connects to both. Christian art borrowed heavily from non-Christian traditions in terms of its techniques, media, style, and iconography. Glorious Splendor traces these continuities through the most remarkable objects of the period: precious stones, metals and jewelry. Drawing on private collections and TMA’s holdings, the exhibition captivates viewers with its glittering gold and silver, stunning oversize carved garnets and sapphires on dazzling rings and necklaces. Select objects including 1,500-year-old silver hanging lamps, gilt silver patens, and golden bishops’ crosses will be discussed by the guest lecturers who approach the subject from different perspectives.
This Masters Series is the second time Bishop Thomas has spoken at the Toledo Museum of Art, sharing the religious significance of particular pieces. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Bishop Thomas attended Catholic elementary and high schools throughout his youth. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania., where he earned both a Bachelor and Master of Arts degree. He also earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology
(S.T.L.) in 1989 from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. On Aug. 26, 2014, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, named the Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas as the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo.
Levine is the Museum’s deputy director and curator of ancient art, and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the lecture. Levine’s background includes doctorate and master’s degrees in art history from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and bachelor’s degrees in art history, anthropology, mathematics, and social sciences from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He is an expert in Roman art.
Glorious Splendor: Treasures of Early Christian Art runs through Feb. 18 in Gallery 18. The exhibition is supported in part by Taylor Cadillac, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the TMA Ambassadors, Mary Lynch Jarrell and Paul A. Jarrell, James and Gregory Demirjian, Sotheby’s, Harold Jaffe Jewelers, and the Ohio Arts Council, with additional support from the 2018 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica. Admission to the exhibition is free.
Take in the dazzling objects before or after the Masters Series lecture for a comprehensive look at these early Christian works of art. The Museum Café will be open and ready to serve guests until 8:45 p.m. that evening.
Since 2011, the TMA Masters Series has brought world-renowned artists, scholars, musicians and others who are invited to share their knowledge and talents in the Museum’s Peristyle. The series is sponsored by the TMA Ambassadors.