Challenges of collecting ancient art

The spring exhibition schedule at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum kicks off Jan. 30 with the opening of “Festina Lente: Conserving Antiquity.” The display features Greek and Roman vases, vessels, portraits, standing figures, mosaics, coins, jewelry, and human and animal forms in the museum’s permanent collection, according to an announcement by the college. The show also offers a behind-the-scenes look at the difficulties museums face in collecting antiquities, including issues of attribution, authenticity, and trends in collecting over time. Other exhibitions this spring include “Glass Heart (Bells for Sylvia Plath),” an interactive sound installation that opens on Feb. 20; and “Josef Albers: Geometries,” a selection of works by the Bauhaus artist that opens on Feb. 26. The Davis Museum is on the Wellesley campus, at 106 Central St., and offers free admission.