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Egyptian, Mummy Portrait of a Young Girl, 332–30 BC, encaustic wax on wood panel, estate of Isabel B. Wilson.

A Thing of Beauty Is a Joy Forever

Saturday, Sep 07, 2013
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Frances Marzio, curator of the Glassell Collections; Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; and Antiquities

Isabel Brown Wilson believed that ancient art affirmed an innate need for people to have beauty in their lives; to rise above function; and to become something more. In a world of change and uncertainty, she saw ancient art as a beacon of hope. For Wilson, the excitement of collecting was not only the joy of possessing a beautiful object but also the fascination of discovering the links between that object and its place in history. The exhibition Gifts from the Past: The Isabel Brown Wilson Collection shows the interrelationships of powerful cultures, as well as their diversities and similarities.

A reception follows. Questions about the content of this lecture? E-mail

$5 MFAH Members
$8 Nonmembers + Museum admission

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Education programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; Michael C. Linn in memory of his mother Patricia G. Linn; the National Museum of Korea; Mrs. Evelyn Houstoun Chew; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Americana Foundation; The Boeing Company; An Anonymous Donor; Mr. William J. Hill; Cameron International Corporation; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.