Past Exhibitions

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Hellenistic Art: Objects from an Expanded World


Mon, 10/02/2006 - 20:00 -- wds
Hellenistic Art: Objects from an Expanded World
October 3, 2006—July 29, 2007 Arthur M. Sackler Museum

Portrait Statuette of the Greek Orator Demosthenes (Early Roman Copy of Bronze Portrait Statue), 100 BC–100 AD, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum.

Following the conquest of the Persian Empire by Alexander, Greek culture spread across Egypt, the Near East, and northern India, interacting with local traditions. The art of the Hellenistic period (323-31 BC) reflects the complex experiences of living in this expanded world. Hellenistic artists explored the human condition in sculptural form and, as may also be seen in the coin display, created various portraits of public figures. Royal courts set the taste for luxury vessels and jewelry, often emulating Eastern models.