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Transition to Christianity:
Art of Late Antiquity, 3rd – 7th Century AD


"Transition to Christianity: Art of Late Antiquity, 3rd – 7th Century AD." contains an introductory essay by Peter Brown, and essays by Fabrizio Bisconti, Kimberly Bowes, Averil Cameron, Slobodan Ćurčić, Jaś Elsner, Henry Maguire, Katherine Marsengill, Aristotelis Mentzos, Helen Saradi-Mendelovici, and Ioannis Touratsoglou.

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Heroes:
Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece


"Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece" is a 328-page, fully illustrated catalogue, edited by Sabine Albersmeier, exhibition curator and former Associate Curator of Ancient Art at the Walters Art Museum. Published by the Walters Art Museum, the catalogue includes 154 color, 107 duotone and 9 black-and-white illustrations and features essays by the scholars Michael J. Anderson, Jorge J. Bravo III, Gunnel Ekroth, Guy Hedreen, Ralf von den Hoff, Jennifer Larson, Jenifer Neils, John H. Oakley, Corinne Ondine Pache and H.A. Shapiro. Published by the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.
The exhibition catalogue received a leadership grant from the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA).


The Origins of El Greco:
Icon Painting in Venetian Crete


Editor: Dr. Anastasia Drandaki, Curator of the Byzantine Collection at the Benaki Museum, Athens
The icon painters in the workshops on Crete in the 15th and 16th centuries-the setting in which El Greco was trained-were renowned for their skill in painting impeccable panels not only in the traditional Byzantine manner but also in a style inspired by Western models. The Origins of El Greco includes approximately 46 works from public and private collections in Greece, Europe, the United States and Canada, many of which will be published for the first time. The exhibition is the first to focus on the evolution of the multifaceted relationship of Cretan painters with Western art during this rich period.

The color-illustrated catalogue features detailed descriptions of the exceptional works included in the exhibition as well as 3 informative essays; Anastasia Drandaki, Curator, Byzantine Collection, Benaki Museum, Athens writes on "Between Byzantium and Venice: Icon Painting in Venetian Crete in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries", Olga Gratziou, Professor of Byzantine Art and Archaeology, University of Crete writes on "Cretan Architecture and Sculpture in the Venetian Period" and Nicos Hadjinicolaou, Professor Emeritus in Art History, University of Crete, and Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH writes on "Early and Late El Greco". The Origins of El Greco illuminates the cultural environment that allowed the fertile combination of Byzantine tradition with late Gothic art and, later on, with the groundbreaking artistic language of the Italian Renaissance.


Worshiping Women:
Ritual and Reality in Classical Athens


Editors: Dr. Nikolaos Kaltsas, Director, National Archaeological Museum, Athens and
Dr. Alan Shapiro, W. H. Collins Vickers Professor of Archaeology, The Johns Hopkins University

This exhibition catalogue, divided into three main sections, is an essential collection of images and descriptions of each of the 155 artifacts of the exhibition, containing also scrutinizing essays on the important role women played in Classical Athens. The first section, "Goddesses and Heroines", introduces the principal female deities of Athens and Attica, in whose cults and festivals women were most actively engaged: Athena, Artemis, Aphrodite, and Demeter and her daughter Persephone. The second section, "Women and Ritual," explores the practice of ritual acts such as dances, libations, sacrifices, processions and festivals in which women were active in classical antiquity. Here the critical role of the priestess comes to light, specifically in her function as key-bearer for the temples of the gods. The final section, "Women and the Cycle of Life," looks at how religious rituals defined moments of transition. This section focuses on nuptial rites and wedding banquets but also death, another occasion on which Athenian women took on major responsibilities, such as preparing the deceased for burial and tending the graves of family members.

Contributors include, in addition to the editor, Professor Mary Lefkowitz of Wellesley College; Professor Olga Palagia of the University of Athens; Dr. Angelos Delivorrias, director of the Benaki Museum; Professor Michalis Tiverios of the Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki; Professor Joan Breton Connelly of New York University; Professor Jenifer Neils of Case Western Reserve University; and Professor John Oakley of the College of William and Mary in Virginia, among others.


From The Land Of the Labyrinth:
Minoan Crete, 3000-1100B.C.


Editors: Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki, Director, 25th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Khania, Crete
Giorgos Rethemiotakis, Archaeologist, Herakleion Archaeological Museum, Crete
Nota Dimopoulou-Rethemiotaki, Director, Herakleion Archaeological Museum, Crete

From the Land of the Labyrinth: Minoan Crete, 3000- 1100 BC, is a unique two volume box set revealing the history of Crete's luminous Minoan civilization. Volume one is a catalogue of the over 280 objects that were included in the exhibition. It features detailed descriptions as well as excellent color photographs of the wide ranges of rare objects included in the exhibition. While each object is dealt with separately the volume nonetheless covers numerous aspects of the Minoan culture such as Religion and Ritual, Scripts and Weights, Pots and Potters, Jewels for Life and Death, Masterpieces in Stone, Warriors and Weaponry. Volume two completes the set by offering 19 essays by renowned scholars of Minoan archaeology. They delve into detailed information on the Minoan civilization including up to date information on the palaces, their architecture and administration, funerary evidence and burial practices, the importance of religion in the Minoan society, the significance of the use of writing and many more principal facets of the civilization. More than just an exhibition catalogue, this two-volume set serves as a textbook for anyone who wants to better understand one of the greatest civilizations of the world.

Contributors include, in addition to the editors, Peter Warren, Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow in Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, Bristol University; Clairy Palyvou, Professor, Department of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Christos Boulotis, Archaeologist, Academy of Athens, Research Centre for Antiquity, Athens; Philip P. Betancourt, Professor, Department of Art History, Temple University, Philadelphia; Lefteris Platon, Lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Athens; Irini Papageorgiou, Archaeologist, Benaki Museum, Athens; Jean-Claude Poursat, Professor Emeritus, University of Clermont II; Photini J. P. McGeorge, Anthropologist-Archaeologist, University of Crete, Rethymnon; Metaxia Tsipopoulou, Director of the National Archive of Monuments, Athens; Nanno Marinatos, Professor of Classics, University of Illinois at Chicago; Athanasia Kanta, Archaeologist, Archaeological Institute of Cretological Studies, Herakleion, Crete; Andonis Vasilakis, Archaeologist, 23rd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Herakleion, Crete.


Re-considering color:
Postmodern classical II


Re-Considering Color: Postmodern Classical II presents contemporary works that transform iconic images of ancient objects into present-day art with freshness, intensity, and humor, while asking viewers to question the assumption that classical sculpture and architecture were typically white.

The exhibition Re-Considering Color: Postmodern Classical II was organized by Dr Harriet F. Senie, Director of the Master's Program in Art History and Museum Studies at The City College of New York, working with students in the program, and made possible by a grant by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA).


Giorgio De Chirico And Greece:
Voyage through Memory


Thirty-five paintings and sculptures as well as twenty-two lithographs and drawings from the artist's late period on loan from the De Chirico Foundation in Rome show the inspiration of ancient Greece and classical Italian art on the artist (1888-1978). In his work, myth encountered the modern age, as he sought to bridge time and history.

In collaboration with the Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Foundation, Rome, and Athinais Cultural Centre, Athens.


Athens-Sparta

Editor: Dr. Nikolaos Kaltsas
Director of the National Archaeological Museum, Athens

An invaluable collection of images, descriptions and bibliography of each of the 288 artifacts of the exhibition, covering a wide range of historical, archaeological, cultural and artistic aspects of the two city-states of Athens and Sparta from the Archaic to the Classical periods, when both were the protagonists of affairs in the ancient Greek world. Athens-Sparta explores the cultural development of the two most important city-states in ancient Greece, along with the two cities’ formations. Artistic, social, and cultural developments from the Late Geometric period through the Archaic period (8th to the 5th centuries B.C.) are scrutinized as well as the continuously changing dynamic between the two cities during the Persian Wars (500 B.C. to 449 B.C.) and the Peloponnesian War (431 B.C. to 404 B.C.). This fully illustrated volume not only focuses on the objects, such as the metal work and pottery that were included in the exhibition, but through a series of extensive essays examines the broader context of the artistic developments of the time.

Contributors to the exhibition catalogue include, in addition to the editor, Dr. Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor of History and Classics at Yale University; Dr. Paul Cartledge, Professor of Greek History, Chairman of the Faculty of Classics, and a Fellow of Clare College, at the University of Cambridge, as well as eminent Greek historians and archaeologists like Georgia Kokkorou Alevras, Professor of Classical Archaeology at University of Athens; Dr. Yanis Pikoulas, Professor at University of Thessaly (IAKA), Editor of Horos; Dr. Yannis Touratsoglou, Emeritus Director of the Numismatic Museum and of the National Archaeological Museum; and Ismini Trianti, Professor of Classical Archaeology at University of Ioannina.


Athens-Sparta:
Contributions to the Research on the History and Archaeology of the Two City-States


Editor: Dr. Nikolaos Kaltsas

Organized in conjunction with the Onassis Cultural Center's groundbreaking exhibition Athens-Sparta, the International Conference explored the archaeological and historical elements of the ancient relationship and conflict between the rival city-states, and provided insight into the artistic development of the Attic and Laconic cultures. Particular to these proceedings is the inclusion of papers relating to the archaeology of Sparta and constituting a good starting point for publicizing current research expanding our knowledge of this highly significant ancient city and attesting to its importance in the history of Ancient Greece.


From Byzantium To Modern Greece:
Hellenic Art In Adversity (1453-1830)


Editors: Angelos Delivorrias, Director, Benaki Museum, Athens; and Electra Georgoula, Head of Exhibitions and Publications Department, Benaki Museum, Athens

From Byzantium to Modern Greece: Hellenic Art in Adversity, 1453-1830, examines the evolution of Hellenic art and culture during four centuries of tumultuous change under Venetian and Ottoman occupation. More than 137 works from all sectors of artistic production- icons, painting, woodcarving, metalwork, embroidery, costumes, jewelry, and pottery-present a comprehensive visual history of Hellenic culture from the fall of Byzantium in 1453, with the fall of Constantinople, to the founding of the modern Greek State in 1830. The color-illustrated catalogue includes 9 informative essays that explore the historic and socio-economic context of the period, the spiritual and artistic legacy of the Orthodox Church, the importance of home and decorative arts, the adornment of women, the depictions of Greece by foreign travelers, and the Greek Enlightenment and founding of the modern Greek State.

Contributors to the exhibition catalogue include, in addition to the editors, Dimitris Arvanitakis, Head of Historical Research Department, Benaki Museum, Athens; Spyros I. Asdrachas. Historian, Research Director Emeritus, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens; Anna Ballian, Curator of Islamic Collection, post-Byzantine Metalwork and Textiles, Benaki Museum. Athens; Anastasia Drandaki, Curator of Byzantine Collection, Benaki Museum, Athens; Paschalis M. Kitromilides, Professor of Political Science, University of Athens; Director, Institute of Neohellenic Research/National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens; George Tolias, Research Director, Institute of Neohellenic Research /National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens; and Fani-Maria Tsigakou, Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Benaki Museum. Athens.


The Greek World under Ottoman and Western Domination:
15th–19th Centuries


Editors: Dimitris Arvanitakis and Paschalis M. Kitromilides

These proceedings are from the conference “The Greek World under Ottoman and Western Domination: 15th–19th Centuries,” held at the Onassis Cultural Center in New York on April 29, 2006. The volume complements the exhibition catalogue From Byzantium to Modern Greece: Hellenic Art in Adversity, 1453–1830.

The aim of the conference was to explore the multiple realities in Greek lands during the period between two crucial dates: 1453 and 1821/1830. These dates may have been established as milestones in the historical trajectory of Greek society and culture, but they also represent two watershed moments of seminal importance for all of European history.

The conference proceedings include papers by Dimitris Arvanitakis, Evangelia Balta, Maria Constantoudaki-Kitromilides, Sophia Handaka, Nikos Karapidakis, Sinan Kuneralp, Peter Mackridge, Elisabetta Molteni, Maria Vassilaki, and Alfred Vincent.


Odyssey By Artemis

Consisting of a series of twelve abstract tapestries, these works are based on the characters and plot of Homer's The Odyssey, as well as a contemporary interpretation of the epic, The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel by Nikos Kazantzakis.

The twelve tapestries in the Odyssey Series took Artemis ten years to complete, working exclusively during daylight hours at her home in the island of Tinos, in Greece's chain of Cycladic Islands - a region renowned for its contribution to the development of Hellenic culture in antiquity.

The artist's preoccupation with sunlight as part of the artistic process, as well as her use of the luminous fabric viscose in the tapestries, creates works that are infused with light, giving each piece a distinctly spiritual quality.


Alexander the Great:
Treasures from an Epic Era of Hellenism


Editor: Professor Dimitris Pandermalis; Director of excavations, Dion; President, Organization for the Construction of the New Acropolis Museum

Few figures in history have left a legacy of such unparalleled achievements as Alexander the Great. This catalogue sheds light on the legend of Alexander the Great and explores the historical and cultural context of this celebrated figure in Greek history. During his reign, Alexander united the warring City States of Greece, conquered the Persian Empire, and expanded the reign of his empire to the borders of India.

While the exhibition included depictions of Alexander, it also painted a vivid portrait of Macedonian life through ancient artifacts of the time. Unique to this catalogue is full illustration and commentary on a collection of rare and precious artifacts recently excavated in Vergina from the tomb of an ancient queen known as "The Lady of Aigai". These finds - including gold plates, golden fibulae, an ornate set of matching gold jewelry, and decorations from a dress - attest to the elegant and lavish lifestyle of the ancient Macedonian noblewomen.

Contributors to the exhibition catalogue include, in addition to the curator, Frank L. Holt, Professor of History, University of Houston; Polyxeni Adam-Veleni, Director, 27th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Hellenic Ministry of Culture; Angeliki Kottaridi, Archaeologist, 17th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Hellenic Ministry of Culture; Maria Lilibaki-Akamati, Director, 17th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Hellenic Ministry of Culture; Eleni Trakosopoulou, Director, 16th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Hellenic Ministry of Culture; and Maria Tsimibidou-Avloniti, Archaeologist, 16th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Hellenic Ministry of Culture.


Coming Of Age in Ancient Greece:
Images of Childhood from the Classical Past


Jenifer Neils and John H. Oakley; With contributions by Katherine Hart and Lesley A. Beaumont

Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past was organized by the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College and was curated by Jenifer Neils, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor, Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and by John H. Oakley, Chancellor Professor/Forrest D. Murden Jr. Professor and Chair, Department of Classical Studies, at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The exhibition is complemented by a 333-page, fully-illustrated catalogue published by Yale University Press with specially commissioned essays by eminent scholars in the fields of Greek social history, literature, archaeology and art history. Issues such as gender stereotyping, changes in perceptions of childhood over time, class distinctions, slavery and mentor relationships are all addressed. In addition, each object in the exhibition is discussed comprehensively by Professors Neils and Oakley.


From Ishtar to Aphrodite
3200 Years of Cypriot Hellenism


Treasures from the Museums of Cyprus

Editor: Dr. Sophocles Hadjisavvas
Director, Department of Antiquities, Republic of Cyprus

In Greek mythology, Cyprus is considered the birthplace of Aphrodite. Tracing an Eastern symbol in the origins of Aphrodite, so quintessentially Greek, symbolizes Cyprus' role as the easternmost bastion of Hellenism and the island's ability to assimilate the numerous cultural influences to which it was exposed over the centuries. From Ishtar to Aphrodite: 3200 Years of Cypriot Hellenism, includes commentary and color illustration of the 85 works included in the exhibition - including sculptures and artifacts of household objects, in terracotta, copper, and marble - as well as enlightening essays on themes such as the importance of Cyprus in Mediterranean trading routes, ashlar architecture and tomb finds that provide a vivid glimpse into the sophistication of societies in Bronze Age Cyprus, as well as the importance of Cyprus in the Ptolemaic period. The objects presented in this catalogue are the material remains of the ongoing interaction between native genius and foreign influence that characterizes Cyprus.

Contributors to the exhibition catalogue include in addition to the editor, Dr. Jennifer Webb, Research Fellow. Department of Archaeology La Trobe University Melbourne, Australia; Ms. Alison South, Director. Ayios Dimitrios Excavations; Dr. Maria Iacovou, Associate Professor of Archaeology, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus; Dr. Antoine Hermary, Centre Camille Julian dArcheologie Mediterraneenne et Africaine. Universite de Provence-CNRS, France; and Dr. Aristodemos Anastassiades, Cultural Officer, Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus.


Post-Byzantium:
The Greek Renaissance


Post-Byzantium is grouped into three thematic sections, including Icons, Golden Embroidered Textiles, and The Flourishing of Minor Arts, which includes art of gold and silver, enamels, filigrees, and carved wooden crosses.

Fifty works in various media, from paintings to filigree, highlight the range and influence of the Byzantine tradition that continued after the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Most of the works in the exhibition, including such masterpiece icons as St. Antonios and The Three Hierarchs, by the 16th century Cretan master Michael Damaskenos, have never been shown in the U.S.


The New Acropolis Museum:
Design and Original Exhibits from the Acropolis Collection


The objective of the New Acropolis Museum is to improve the manner in which the invaluable treasures from Greek antiquity are presented to millions of visitors each year. Sited only 800 feet away from the legendary Parthenon, the New Acropolis Museum incorporates the ruins of the 3rd, 5th, and 7th century A.D. city revealed by excavations on the site.

Bernard Tschumi was chosen from a broad field of architects who participated in an international competition. First known as an architectural theorist, Tschumi has built extensively in Europe and in the Americas.

A key feature of Tschumi's design is the incorporation of natural light into the building, providing optimum lighting for viewing the fine details of the Parthenon sculptures. The highly advanced specifications of Tschumi's structure will also ensure the proper air and light controls for these objects from antiquity. Tschumi's firm is working in conjunction with Athens-based architect Michael Photiadis.


Silent Witnesses:
Early Cycladic Art of the Third Millennium B.C.


By Christos Doumas
Emeritus Professor of Archaeology
with a contribution by Joan R. Mertens
Curator, Greek and Roman Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The exhibition Silent Witnesses is a succinct presentation in the third millennium AD of the picture we have of the Cycladic islanders in the third millennium BC. Cycladic works of art speak to the modern audience both through their silence, as objects of unique conception and beauty, and as testimonies of a brilliant and significant culture that flourished in the Cyclades at the dawn of Western Civilization.

Silent Witnesses is divided into three thematic sections: Simple Beauty, In His Own Image, and Silent Witnesses. In Simple Beauty, the exhibition presents streamlined, elegant objects with quotidian uses but whose beauty places them in the realm of sculpture. These artifacts were made from readily available materials on the islands, such as wood, marble, bone and stone. The section In His Own Image examines the variety of sculptures based on the human form, revealing the anthropocentric aspects of Aegean culture of this time. The final section, Silent Witnesses, presents the contents of graves that were systematically excavated by archaeologists. Having been collected as objects d’art, they are presented here as artifacts for serious historical and scientific examination. This final section emphasizes the need to educate the public about these pieces whose heritage was nearly lost.

This volume explores the artistic tradition that existed in the so-called prehistoric period in the Cyclades. It includes illustrations and descriptions of the 59 objects in the exhibition such as clay and stone vases and of course numerous examples of the renowned Cycladic marble figurines.


MicroSculptures:
Idols of the Stones Age to the Helix of Contemporary Genetics


IDOLS OF THE STONE AGE TO THE HELIX OF CONTEMPORARY GENETICS from the permanent collections of the ILIAS LALAOUNIS JEWELRY MUSEUM, Athens

Over 200 objects have been chosen from the permanent collections of the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum to display the work of the Academician Ilias Lalaounis. Micro-sculptures made in semi-precious stones, silver and gold-plated, taking the form of wild flowers and insects, recreate prehistoric cave paintings, and revive the ancient seal stone technique. Inspiration and imagination materialize in the works of a modern artist who is renowned for his jewels, his objects d'art, but especially for his imprint, "every creation has a story to tell."

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