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The Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy

currently hosts the exhibition

Power and Pathos:   Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World

Wonderfully presented in thematic approach, the exhibition is a triumph-

a treasure trove showcasing over fifty impressive works of bronze sculpture

from the Hellenistic period.

That many of the works on display are of relatively recent discovery,

found in the last century-

adds to the excitement, novelty and allure of this magnificient exhibition.

The Terme Boxer

also known as the Boxer of Quirinal

found at the foot of the Quirinal Hill, Rome in 1885.

bronze sculpture, the terme boxer, palazzo strozzi

Dated circa 330 B.C., the sculpture is a famed masterpiece.

It is intensely expressive, depicting a seasoned pugilist at rest

with cauliflowered ears, broken nose, fine muscularity-

left bruised, cut, exhausted from a recent, gruelling match.

 

(image from cultureconcept)

The Hellenistic era dates from the death of Alexander the Great, 323 B.C. to

the fall of his acquired domains to the Romans in 31 B.C.

His empire stretched throughout the Mediterranean and Asia Minor.

Following his death, these land conquests were divided among his generals.

Ruled as separate dynasties, no longer politically united,

they shared the Hellenistic mark of Greek culture and civilization.

During this period, bronze was the medium of choice for portrait sculpture.

Artists were able to manipulate the metal material to effective use-

resulting in works of realisitic impact in physicality and emotive projection.

The exhibition at the Palazzo Strozzi

brings together remarkable scuptural works of the Hellenistic era

on loan from many prestigious museums

from around the world including among others:

the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), the Louvre (Paris)

and British Museum (London).

The show runs until 21 June 2015.

It travels next to the The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

from 28 July – 1 November 2015.

An exhibition, not to be missed

Power and Pathos:

Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World

at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (Italy)

until 21 June 2015.

For further information, visit

http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/mostre/potere-e-pathos/?lang=en