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date: 18 February 2020

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In recent years, the ways in which museums display ancient art and artifacts have been the subject of growing interest and criticism among art historians and classical archaeologists. New installations of Roman art frequently integrate sculptures with objects in other media, and some have experimented with thematic rather than strictly chronological layouts. Many museums are striving to develop interpretive strategies more responsive to visitors’ needs and interests. Presenting scholarly research on Roman sculpture to the public via museum installations poses both challenges and opportunities; explaining the phenomenon of Roman “copies” of Greek sculptures is especially daunting. Temporary exhibitions have, however, succeeded in drawing visitors while contributing much to current scholarship.

Keywords: museums, reception, historiography, visitor engagement, Roman copies, restorations, cultural property, special exhibitions

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