NEW YORK — A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD at the Onassis Cultural Center New York (March 9-June 24, 2017) brought to vivid life the emotions of the people of ancient Greece prompting questions about how we express, control and manipulate feelings in our own society.
The exhibition of more than 130 masterpieces from some of the finest museums in the world including the Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum Athens, the Louvre, the British Museum, the Vatican Museums among many others, explored the ideas and attitudes of people in classical antiquity toward emotion and the ways in which the emotions were depicted, revealing how some are strikingly familiar to us and some shockingly alien.
The exhibition featured vase paintings, sculptures (ranging from life-size statues from the Acropolis to relief carvings from cemeteries), theatrical masks, amulets, coins, and votive offerings, among other artifacts from the early 7th century BC to the late 2nd century AD.
Text from Onassis Cultural Center.
Cfile will be covering a second iteration of this exhibition at the Acropolis Museum in the coming weeks. It opens July 18. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out this multimedia tour. You can watch this video too.
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