ROM World Art & Culture

The ROM is home to one of the world’s most extensive and eclectic collections of art and other cultural and historical objects. The scale of our collection is enormous, with tens of thousands of artifacts representing the entire sweep of human history. As the product of human invention, the fine arts and design in various media, popular arts, functional objects and the built environment are a direct extension of human thought and experience, shaping and reflecting historical and cultural identities. ROM research examines the complex and fascinating histories of different times and places, and to relate these explorations to our contemporary experience.

ROM World Art & Culture explores millennia of visual arts and material culture.

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Category: Blog Post
Six-handled green glass jar - Blown glass with trailed handles, Syria - Late Roman - c. 300-425 AD, ROM #909.3.41   - The Walter Massey Collection - Height 12.9cm  Width 9.4cm  Diameter 7.6cm. ROM Photography.

Glass is probably the most fluid of solids. Looking at blown glass, such as that in the ROM's Chihuly exhibition, is like watching movement made still. If you look carefully at the handles of the perfectly preserved handles of this Roman glass vase from Syria (above), it looks as though it is still a fluid, still dynamically moving along its flow. In a way, that is because it is.

Category: Event
Mithraic relief

Explore the many facets of ancient Roman history and culture in this day-long workshop with ROM Educator George Hewson. From Caesar to Colosseum, this in-depth introduction will include visits to the ROM's permanent collections, illustrated talks, and hand-on classroom experiences. Lunch is in included in registration.  

Instructor: George Hewson

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And what a century it was!  Fashion expert Dawna Pym introduces you to some of the ROM's newest acquisitions, and delves into the trends of the times.