National Gallery Presents Rare Collection of Greek Bronze Statues


The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC opened a new exhibition on December 13, 2015 called Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World and features 50 bronze sculptures and related works dating from the 4th century BC to the first century AD.

They span the Hellenistic period when the art and culture of Greece spread throughout the Mediterranean and lands once conquered by Alexander the Great.

Through the medium of bronze, artists were able to capture the dynamic realism, expression, and detail that characterize the new artistic goals of the era. This exhibition features works from renowned archaeological museums in Austria, Denmark, France, Georgia, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Spain, Tunisia, the United States, and the Vatican.

As only a small fraction of ancient bronzes survives—most were melted down over the centuries–this exhibition offers an unprecedented opportunity to appreciate the importance of bronze in antiquity and the innovations of Hellenistic sculptors.

The exhibition will run through March 20, 2016. Additional details here.

Accompanying the exhibition is an exquisite hardcover coffee table book with all of the images and descriptions entitled Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World



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