An unprecedented exhibition of rare bronze sculptures from the Hellenistic period is making its farewell appearance, after stops in Florence and Los Angeles, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The exhibition features some 50 life-size bronze figures and is appropriately titled “Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World.”
Unlike marble sculptures, bronze sculptures, which were actually the dominant cultural form in ancient Greece, have a low survival rate because they were so often melted for their metal.
The bronze sculptures in exhibition at the National Gallery of Art were thought to have been lost forever but were discovered in Yemen, Eastern Georgia, and in the Sea off Tunisia, so this is a rare treat for all art lovers. The exhibition even includes the statue base of Lysippos, the favorite sculptor Alexander the Great.