In a singular partnership between the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Pergamon Museum, Berlin, enthusiasts of archeology and ancient art are in for a special treat. Until July 17th, the exhibition "Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World" presents over 260 extraordinary works ranging from an exquisitely wrought gold, garnet and carnelian diadem featuring a Herakles knot surmounted by a winged goddess...
Marble portrait of Alexander the Great
(The Alexander Schwarzenberg)
The exhibition is a tribute to the glorious history of ancient Greece and its huge contribution to Western culture. The civilization's achievements in the applied arts, like glass blowing, pottery, jewelry and metal work is well represented with works like this large onyx cameo portrait of Ptolemy II Philadelphos and his sister-wife, Arsinoe II.
And this fine mosaic depicts a scene with musicians performing either on a stage or in the street...
Not surprisingly, the majority of the works to have survived the centuries were statues and sculptures carved of stone or cast in bronze. The Hellenistic legacy of fine craftsmanship on both a small and colossal scale is well documented here and we find superb examples like this bronze statuette of a masked dancer, called the Baker Dancer, a masterpiece of illusion and delicacy.
And this enormous, highly decorated marble urn called The Borghese Krater that probably served as a garden ornament.
The magnificent artifacts presented here trace the history of the Hellenistic Kingdoms and demonstrate their unprecedented contributions to culture, science and the arts. "Pergamon" is a well deserved tribute to Alexander the Great and his successors and their enduring impact on Western art and civilization.