Between 2010 and 2012, the Hood Museum of Art took part in an innovative pilot program that enabled the Yale University Art Gallery to lend forty-seven ancient Mediterranean objects to the Hood for a two-year period beginning in December 2010. Initiated by Yale and funded by a generous grant from the Andrew E. Mellow Foundation, this collection-sharing project is intended to foster intra-and inter-institutional collaboration and expand opportunities for Dartmouth faculty from all disciplines to teach from works of art. Central to the initiative is a program of strategic loans from Yale’s encyclopedic collection, comprising nearly 200,000 works, to six “partner museums” for use in specially developed projects and related coursework. The program was created based on the belief that while technologies have increased access to museum collections, there is no substitute for the experience of learning from original works of art.
Dartmouth faculty and students from a range of disciplines, including art history, classics, religion, and history, made use of both the Yale loans and works from the Hood collection to explore how the close observation of works of art can reveal connections to wider cultural, religious, political, and social themes. This film documents the teaching and research that came out of this project and serves as a resource for students, teachers, and museum professionals interested in the ancient Mediterranean.