A history of the bronze

Written by: Francesca Marotta
Category: Art
12 April 2015

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Power and pathos. Bronzes of the Hellenistic world.
Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, until June 21, 2015
I love sculptures. Bronze ones even more so. The exhibition Power and Pathos, Bronzes in the Hellenistic world organised at Palazzo Strozzi, in Florence, is an opportunity to see magnificent and impressive works and discover how evolved the processing of this metal between the 4th and 1st century BC.
Conceived and organized in collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana, are 50 bronze sculptures that take the form of divinity, athletes and heroes, alongside by portraits of historical figures and sculptures in marble and stone.
Also fascinating are the stories of findings of sculptures, which took place mainly at sea (the Mediterranean and the Black Sea) and during archaeological excavations. I didn't know that in the shrines were used as "votes" while in home were decorative items.

Photo: Medaglione con il busto di Atena. 150 a.C. circa; bronzo, pasta di vetro bianco; cm 27,2 x 27,1 x 19,1. Salonicco, Museo Archeologico, inv. MTh 17540

 

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