Power and Pathos | Vestiges of an Ancient Greek Art Form, Survived Through Catastrophe

Fewer than 200 bronze sculptures from the Hellenistic era — a period that began more than 2,000 years ago — survive today. About a quarter of those are gathered in an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art called “Power and Pathos,” which offers a view into the spread of ancient Greek culture around the world, and the rise of a new art form (PBS)                                      Read the full story, and watch the video here | PBS

“The ones that we don’t have and we haven’t found are gone forever because they were melted down. And that’s the vast majority, thousands and thousands,” said Kenneth Lapatin, co-creator of the exhibit “Power and Pathos,” which originated at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

It’s now at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, showcasing some 50 bronzes once lost in fires, shipwrecks, volcanoes and earthquakes, and includes the statue base of one of the greatest bronze sculptors, Lysippos, the favorite of Alexander the Great. (PBS)

 

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