Salto de línea Spanning three major cultures in Mediterranean history, the collections comprise pottery items, bronzes, terracotta figures, sculptures and gold and silver ware. Greek vessels from the Mycenaean period to the Hellenistic era (16th-3rd century BC) form the largest group and represent one of the finest collections of this type in Europe. The objects include pieces from mainland Greece as well as Ionia, Magna Graecia and Sicily. Exquisitely crafted, in some instances by the most skilled artists of the day, the images depicted on these vessels introduce us to the mythology, religion, power, politics, daily life, theatre, literature and many other aspects of the ancient world.


The scenes painted on Greek pottery tell us much about daily life in the Greek polis: its social structure, the status of men and women and the activities they performed, and the world of their gods and heroes. The different scenes also bear witness to the importance of Greek trade in the Mediterranean, from the eighth to the fourth century BC, and to the legacy of that ancient culture which still lives on today.