Coined: Ancient Coins and Civilizations
August 11 – October 6, 2014
Main Building, Rincliffe Gallery, 3rd Floor
The value of ancient coins lies not in their monetary value but in what they can teach us about the civilizations from which they came. Ancient coins from the Greek and Roman civilizations were original works of art with indications of when and where they were made. The marks on coins are some of the first examples of how these people portrayed their gods, heroes and historical events. They depict lost monuments of architecture, sculpture and painting. One of the greatest values lies in the coins that portray rulers, some of which are the only representations we have of these historical figures.
This exhibition of ancient coins donated to The Drexel Collection by Anthony J. Drexel Jr. in 1895 tells the tale of cities and civilizations, chronicling the rise and fall of rulers and revealing the history of these ancient empires. In exploring the history and manufacture of coinage, the great importance of these small artifacts becomes clear. The exhibition is on display in the Rincliffe Gallery on the third floor of Main Building at 3141 Chestnut St. from August 11th through October 6th.
Fired Works: Ceramics from Around the World
October 20 – December 18, 2014
The Drexel Collection contains objects originating from as many as 71 countries around the world. This exhibition of the fascinating ceramics in The Drexel Collection is your passport to the countries and cultures that produced these works.
January – April, 2015
View the interiors of the great mansions of England and the home of the Anthony J. Drexel to learn about interior design and decorating. This mixed media exhibition, combining images of historic interiors with examples of the furniture and decorative arts depicted, gives the viewer a sense of the decorating techniques used and the context in which many of the pieces within The Drexel Collection were set.