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Apotheosis Of The Hellenistic Art In Italy And the U.S.

‘Portrait of a Man,’ second-first century B.C., Athens, National Archaeological Museum
“Portrait of a Man” (second-first century B.C.), Athens, National Archaeological Museum

An exhibition of 50 Greek bronze sculptures, dating back to the period between the fourth century B.C. and the first century A.D., will hold an awe-inspiring place in the art world over the next few months.

“Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World” will be inaugurated at Florence’s Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi on March 14, 2015, before moving to the J.Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles from July 28 to November 1 and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. from December 6 to March 20, 2016. It is organized in cooperation with the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana.

The exhibit hosts some of the most significant masterworks of the Hellenistic period, bringing together some of the world’s most prestigious archaeological museums such as the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the British Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, the Florence’s National Archaeological Museum and Uffizi Gallery, the Georgian National Museum, the Louvre Museum in Paris and the Vatican Museums.

Through a great variety of masterpieces, mainly sculptures of athletes, historical figures, heroes and gods, visitors will have the opportunity to watch from a close distance the great Greek cultural influence in different places across the world during the Hellenistic Period, as well as the preference of skilled artists to embellish their bronze creations with expressive elements, adding explicit details and dynamic realism references.

"Portrait of a poet" (second or first century B.C.), London, British Museum
“Portrait of a poet” (second or first century B.C.), London, British Museum

"Alexander the Great" (first century B.C.) Naples, Museo Archeologico Nazionale
“Alexander the Great” (first century B.C.) Naples, National Archaeological Museum

"Eros Sleeping" (third-second century B.C.), New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Eros Sleeping” (third-second century B.C.), New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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