Fordham University in the Bronx houses one of the great collections of art and coins from the Classical World. Housed in the William D. Walsh Family Library, the collection is based on the private collection that William Walsh acquired through his life and donated to the museum for curation, preservation, and public enjoyment.
Art completes what nature cannot bring to finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature's unrealized ends.
What You Will See
The museum's collection, arranged by both region and era, spans early Etruscan artifacts from the as early as the 7th-century BCE to late Imperial Rome. It is the usual array of sculptures, busts, offering vases, cups, challaces, and amphoras in a variety of sizes. Highlights include Greek theatrical masks, a pristine portrait of Emperor Agustus, and a torso believed to be part of a statue of Herakles. In addition to Walsh's collection, the museum showcases ancient coinage and Byzantine mosaics donated by other collectors.
Why You Should Go
The city is flush with options to see art from the Classical World. The Met, obviously, as well as the Brooklyn Museum both have impressive collections. But in almost any other city in the hemisphere, Fordham Library's collection would be the most significant assembly of ancient work in town. Do not let the other options in New York dissuade you from a visit to the Bronx to appreciate even more of the classical world.