On 07 June 2013 at 17:00

Hellenistic treasures of Mariemont

Ms. Annie Verbanck-Piérard

If the dates that define the period called "Hellenistic" 323 BC. BC (death of Alexander the Great)to 31 BC. BC (Battle of Actium), are generally well known and if the notion of Hellenistic art evokes some essential masterpieces, the detailed study of these troubled times, complex and decisive rest still the preserve of specialists and the various currents that characterize it are often ignored by the general public. In addition, the common name of "Alexandrian art," which underscores the growth and importance of Ptolemaic Egypt, seems very simplistic compared to the huge sphere of influence of Hellenistic culture, both to the east and the west of the Mediterranean.

As part of this presentation, without claiming to offer a summary of major changes reflected in these three centuries of history, we try to isolate and identify some major trends in Hellenistic art, a wide and sometimes even paradoxical variety, from the analysis of some particularly interesting Hellenistic works held in the collections of classical antiquities from the Royal Museum of Mariemont.



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On 07 June 2013 at 17:00

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Ms. Annie Verbanck-Piérard

Art Historian and Curator of the Department of classical archaeology at Musée Royal de Mariemont (Belgium)