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LEGACY OF 4 CIVILIZATIONS: EGYPT+GREECE+ETRURIA+ROME @ SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

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THE LEGACY OF THE ANCIENTS:
ART + ARCHITECTURE of FOUR CIVILIZATIONS
"EGYPTIAN + GREEK + ETRUSCAN + ROMAN "
@ SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES
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THE LEGACY OF THE ANCIENTS
ART + ARCHITECTURE of FOUR CIVILIZATIONS

"EGYPTIAN + GREEK + ETRUSCAN + ROMAN "

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2013 | 9:30 AM ~ 4:00 PM

SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES - S. DILLON RIPLEY CENTER

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LECTURERS: Prof. Aneta Georgievska-Shine and Joseph P. Cassar.

THE ANCIENT GREEKS AND ROMANS sought to make sense of man’s place in the universe through vivid stories of creation, rebirth, and conflict between gods and mortals. These fundamental issues played out in the stories of Prometheus, Adonis, Europa, Icarus, and countless other mythical characters.

During the Renaissance, literary and archaeological discoveries - such as ancient artworks collected in the Vatican’s museums - brought these stories back from oblivion to become a source of inspiration for visual artists and men of letters alike. In this program, art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine explores the legacy of classical mythology among some of the most remarkable artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods including Botticelli, Titian, Bruegel, Caravaggio, Rubens, and Velazquez.

WESTERN ART’S FOUNDATIONS rest on the magnificent achievements of just four major civilizations: the EGYPTIANS, GREEKS, ETRUSCANS, and ROMANS. Art historian Joseph P. Cassar explores why their masterworks, monuments, and innovations were so important as well as how art and architecture shaped and defined these seminal eras. He looks at the societies that gave rise to Luxor, Abu Simbel, the Knossos, Parthenon, and the Pantheon from the perspectives of both history and art, creating a rich panorama of lost
worlds that still influence our own.

EGYPT

The Pyramids in Saqqara and Giza; the funerary temple of Hatshepsut; Luxor and Karnak; the Valley of the Kings and the treasures of King Tutankhamen; the marvels of AbuSimbel.

GREECE

The Aegean world; the Kuoros and Kore; the fusion of sculpture, architecture; the Acropolis; Phidias; the orders of architecture; the golden rules of harmony and balance; black-and-red figure vases; the bronze warriors of Riace and the Charioteer of Delphi.

The ETRUSCANS

The Cerveteri tombs; canopic funerary jars; jewelry in gold, avory, the Capitoline Wolf; terracotta and marble sarcophagi; sculptures and furnishings in bronze.

The ROMANS

The Romans as engineers; invention of the arch and dome, and the use of concrete; architectural marvels including the Pantheon, Coliseum, and Forum; aqueducts, bridges, and triumphal arches; mosaics, paintings, and sculpture; Pompeii; the Altar of Peace.