AUSTIN (KXAN) — Who would have thought that a $35 bust found in an Austin Goodwill would be the source of art student excursions?
Such is the case with the San Antonio Museum of Art’s latest installment, a work of art purchased from an Austin Goodwill Store by resident Laura Young, which was later discovered as a first-century AD Roman work of art. .
The story of the bust and its arrival in Austin remains speculative, but art curators suggest this piece was likely stolen by Allied soldiers during World War II. The bust had been exhibited at the Pompejanum, the German museum that served as a replica of the Roman villa at Pompeii. This museum was bombed by Allied soldiers in January 1944.
For now, the sculpture will be exhibited at SAMA until May 2023, before returning to Germany. But before he made his transatlantic trip, a class of ninth graders from Austin Waldorf School got to see the thrift store anomaly as part of a school field trip to SAMA.
“I think one of the most enjoyable things is seeing students approach works of art with curiosity and reverence,” said Robert Miller, director of the Austin Waldorf School’s art program. “I could describe something all day and they could say it’s interesting, but when you’re in the presence of something so old, or new, but done with so much care? This, on some level, also shapes the students.
Ninth-grade students at Austin Waldorf School are currently participating in a four-week aesthetics course where they study ancient art, such as Roman and Greek styles and pieces. The school’s arts curriculum includes blacksmithing, stained glass, weaving, clay sculpting, and printmaking to complement traditional curricula like science, math, and history classes.
“[Architect] Rudolf Steiner said, “You should seek to teach art as if it were science and teach science as if it were art,” Miller said. “And when you think of doctors and chefs, and you hear of raising their craft to an art or their practice to an art, that’s what this course is really about. the history of art.”