On a search for a weekend activity that combined culture with COVID-consciousness, we recently stopped by the Worcester Art Museum (WAM), where we practically had the place to ourselves. Masks and social distancing are the rule, and the art-viewing public embraces those requirements. In addition, there are plenty of hand sanitizing stations throughout this fantastic central Massachusetts museum.
If you go, don’t miss the the Hunt Floor Mosaic, a huge piece located in the Renaissance Court. Patterned something like an oriental carpet, the multi-ton work was created in the early 500s and originates from the ancient Roman city of Antioch. With its hunters armed with bows and arrows, and big game animals depicted throughout, the the pursuit of prey is celebrated. The 246 ft. x 281 ft. marble and limestone mosaic underwent an extensive 18-month conservation effort, completed last summer. The much-loved treasure hasn’t looked this good since before it was all but destroyed in a major earthquake in the sixth century.