Power And Pathos: Bronze Sculpture Of The Hellenistic World

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Power And Pathos: Bronze Sculpture Of The Hellenistic World
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Michael C. Carlos Museum says
Kenneth Lapatin, associate curator of antiquities at the Getty Museum, will be speaking about works in the unprecedented exhibition of the same name, opening December 13 at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Join us for for this fascinating lecture this coming Sunday at the Carlos.

During the Hellenistic period from the death of Alexander the Great in 323BC until the establishment of the Roman Empire in 31BC, the medium of bronze drove artistic innovation. Sculptors moved beyond Classical norms, supplementing traditional subjects and idealized forms with realistic renderings of physical and emotional states. Bronze—surpassing marble with its tensile strength, reflective effects, and ability to hold fine detail—was employed for dynamic compositions, dazzling displays of the nude body, and graphic expressions of age and character. Cast from alloys of copper, tin, lead, and other elements, bronze statues were produced in the thousands: honorific portraits of rulers and citizens populated city squares, and images of gods, heroes, and mortals crowded sanctuaries. Few, however, survive.

The John Laszlo, M.D. Excalibur Lecture was established through the generosity of Dr. Laszlo’s family and friends in honor of his retirement from the American Cancer Society.
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By: Michael C. Carlos Museum

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