Power and Pathos. Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World

14 March−21 June 2015

Using outstanding examples of large-scale bronze sculptures, the exhibition sets out to explore the development of art in the Hellenistic age as it spread from Greece throughout the Mediterranean between the 4th and 1st centuries BC.
The use of bronze, with its unique characteristics, allowed artists to impart an unprecedented level of dynamism to their full-figure statues and of naturalism to their portraits, where psychological expression became a hallmark of the style.
Thanks to the valuable cooperation of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and with the contribution of Bank of America, the exhibition will be hosting pieces from many of the world's leading archaeological museums. The monumental statues of gods and goddesses, athletes and warriors, will be on display alongside portraits of poweful public figures, together with a number of works in marble or stone selected for the fascinating way in which they successfully emulate bronze.