An exhibition entitled Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World, featuring 50 rare Greek bronze sculptures, opened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, on December 13. It also features other related works dating from the 4th century BC to the first century AD.
The works 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.
The rare collection was created with works found in museums in Austria, Denmark, France, Georgia, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Spain, Tunisia, the United States, and the Vatican.
Unfortunately, only a small fraction of ancient bronze sculptures survives today, since most of them were melted down over the centuries. Therefore, this exhibition offers an unprecedented opportunity to appreciate the importance of bronze in antiquity and the innovations of Hellenistic sculptors.
Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence. The exhibition is expected to run through March 20, 2016.