Molly and Walter Bareiss Collection


Greek Vases: Molly and Walter Bareiss Collection

Marion True, Jiří Frel, and Dietrich von Bothmer


96 pages

PDF file size: 7.83 MB


The eloquent beauty of the vases produced in the workshops of the ancient Greeks is represented by a selection of pieces from the superb private collection of Molly and Walter Bareiss that spans more than a thousand years of the craft. From a delightful miniature stirrup vase dating ca. 1300 B.C. to prime examples of the molded vases from Augustan Rome, the Bareiss collection includes a splendid representative collection, guided by a sure instinct for the unique beauty of design and drawing.

Assembled in this brief catalogue are illustrated discussions of forty-seven of the masterpieces from the 258 vases currently on loan to the Getty Museum. Dietrich von Bothmer, Chairman of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, introduces this most important collection, one with which he has been intimately involved since its conception, advising, studying, interpreting, and even piecing together shattered vases. Following the individual catalogue entries is a full checklist of an additional 205 vases that are on loan to the Getty Museum.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Walter Bareiss as a Collector
  • The World of Greek Vases
  • Forty-Seven Masterpieces from the Bareiss Collection
  • Checklist
  • Greek Vase Shapes

About the Authors

Marion True and Jiří Frel are associate curator and curator, respectively, in the Department of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Dietrich von Bothmer is curator of antiquities at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.