About the Exhibition
Some 50 bronze sculptures and related works survey the development of Hellenistic art as it spread from Greece throughout the Mediterranean between the fourth and first centuries BCE. Through the medium of bronze, artists were able to capture the dynamic realism, expression, and detail that characterized the new artistic goals of the period. On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from December 13, 2015, through March 20, 2016, Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World features works from world-renowned archaeological museums in Austria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Georgia, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Spain, and the United States. The exhibition presents a unique opportunity to witness the importance of bronze in the ancient world, when it became the preferred medium for portrait sculpture.
This 11-by-14-inch print depicts Victorious Athlete (The Getty Bronze) (300–100 BCE), a work featured in the exhibition Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World. A nude youth stands with his weight on his right leg, crowning himself with an olive wreath, the prize for a victor in the Olympic Games. Found in the sea, this statue is one of the few life-size Greek bronzes to have survived; as such, it provides much information on the technology of ancient bronze casting. The origin of the statue is unknown, but either Olympia or the youth's hometown is possible. Romans may have taken the statue from its original location during the first century BCE or ADE, when Roman collecting of Greek art was at its height. The Roman ship carrying it may have foundered, preserving the statue for centuries in the sea.
- 11 x 14 inches