… from lofty gods to lusty satyrs … 

Arial panorama of the ancient theater at Pergamon and surrounding terrain, poster of exhibition Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Panorama of the ancient theater at Pergamon and surrounding terrain, exhibition poster. Those steps were too steep for me — didn’t have the nerve!

Hellenistic Art covers huge sweep of three centuries from the death of Alexander to that of Cleopatra (323 – 30 BC) and in geography.  Through the conquests of Alexander the Great and their aftermaths, Greek culture spread from the Gibraltar to India, casting a defining influence everywhere it went, while absorbing new ideas.   Remarkably, this magnificent exhibit of Hellenistic art, with a focus on the city of Pergamon, is truly large and varied enough to give a fair idea of the whole, and to offer many examples of stunningly beautiful and profound works.

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