Sunday, May 15

Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World

Fragmentary Colossal Head of a Youth, Greek, Hellenistic period, 2nd century B.C.Marble.
"The conquests of Alexander the Great transformed the ancient world, making trade and cultural exchange possible across great distances. Alexander's retinue of court artists and extensive artistic patronage provided a model for his successors, the Hellenistic kings, who came to rule over much of his empire. For the first time in the United States, a major international loan exhibition will focus on the astonishing wealth, outstanding artistry, and technical achievements of the Hellenistic period—the three centuries between Alexander's death, in 323 B.C., and the establishment of the Roman Empire, in the first century B.C. This exhibition will bring together some 264 artworks that were created through the patronage of the royal courts of the Hellenistic kingdoms, with an emphasis on the ancient city of Pergamon. ..."
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Press
WSJ: Mass Invasion of Greek Art Comes to the New York Met
NewYorker: A Show About the Hellenistic One Per Cent
NY Times: Reaching Peak Greek at the Met Museum