Youth of Agrigento (about 480 BC)
Marble, East Greek
Museo Archeologico Regionale di Agrigento, inv. C 1853
[Cat. no. 72]
Photo courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Art
Magna Graecia: Greek Art From South Italy and Sicily
CLEVELAND • The Cleveland Museum of Art • Ongoing
|The Greeks called it "Megale Hellas" and the Romans "Magna Graecia"——Great Greece. The exhibition features 81 masterworks from eight Italian regional archaeological museums: Agrigento, Gela, Paestum, Palermo, Reggio Calabria, Sybaris, Syracuse, and Taranto. Many of the works date to the 6th and 5th centuries BC, a period marked by the philosopher Plato and the Olympic games, when Greek culture was making enduring contributions in myriad fields from philosophy to city planning and from political theory to performing and visual arts.|
Highlights of the exhibition include the nearly life-sized Youth of Agrigento from the 5th century BC; large-scale painted terracotta altars recently excavated from the shores of ancient Gela (one of these altars depicts the terrifying Medusa having given birth to Pegasus and Chrysaor); bronze vessels in pristine condition; a stone architectural relief depicting Herakles dispatching the giant Alkyoneus from the temple of Hera, queen of the gods, at Foce del Sele, near Paestum; stone heads, carved in marble and limestone that once adorned the temples of Silenus in Sicily, renowned as a center of Greek architectural, artistic and religious expression.
The exhibition is co-curated by Michael Bennett, Curator of Greek and Roman Art at The Cleveland Museum of Art and Aaron J. Paul, Richard E. Perry Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Tampa Museum of Art, in collaboration with Mario Iozzo, Director of the Center for Conservation in Florence, and Director of the Archaeological Museum of Chiusi. The catalogue, available in the Museum Stores, is the first English-language sourcebook for the art of Magna Graecia.
After Cleveland, Magna Graecia: Greek Art From South Italy and Sicily will be on view at the Tampa Museum of Art from 2 February 2003 through 20 April 2003.
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