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“Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World”

December 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A bronze sculpture to be discussed by Kenneth Lapatin. You'd be surprised by what you don't see in this cropped photo!

A bronze sculpture to be discussed by Kenneth Lapatin. You’d be surprised by what you don’t see in this cropped photo!

This free presentation, sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America Central Arizona Society, will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 6:00 PM. Presentation will be given by Kenneth Lapatin, Associate Curator of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum and principal organizer of its current exhibition that has united 50 significant bronzes of the Hellenistic age. During the Hellenistic period from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. until the establishment of the Roman Empire in 31 B.C., 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. New discoveries appeared with works known for centuries, and several closely related statues were presented side by side for the first time in this Getty Museum exhibition. This presentation will be held at the Benedictine University, Main Campus Building Community Room, 225 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ. For more information contact Almira Poudrier at apoudrie@asu.edu.


December 3, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Benedictine University, Main Campus Building Community Room
225 E. Main Street
Mesa, AZ United States
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