Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Bronze sculptures in 'Power and Pathos' at the Getty capture pivotal era

By Christopher Knight
"Statue of Eros Sleeping," third-second century BC. (J. Paul Getty Museum)
CALIFORNIA---A telling moment of sly wit crops up early in "Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World," the glorious and unprecedented exhibition of works from the ancient Mediterranean newly opened at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Brentwood. The Hellenistic Mediterranean represents the era when a humanistic heart began to beat vigorously within Western art. Before, in Classical Greece, art promoted a ritualized, sometimes remote, even chilly Olympian ideal. [link]