This year marks 250 years from the birth of Johann Karl Simon Morgenstern (1770–1852): the founder of the University of Tartu Art Museum, the long-term head of the university’s library and professor of rhetoric, classical philology, aesthetics and history of literature and art. To celebrate the anniversary of the professor who spent half a century of his life in Tartu, an exhibition „Enchantment of Glyptics. Morgenstern 250“ was opened at the UT Art Museum on 11 June.
Morgenstern collected casts of gems to allow students to get a better understanding of the antique world. There are about 20,000 casts of gems in the collections of the art museum.