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The Shadow of Olympus: Gods, Heroes and the Mythological Continuum

Paris Bordone
Paris Bordone
(Italian-Venetian, 1500-1571)
Athena Scorning the Advances of Hephaestus
ca. 1555-1560
Oil on canvas
(61.78)
(Kress Study Collection, K 1112)

This exhibition examined the far-reaching influence of the Graeco-Roman mythological tradition and its continuous appeal until the present day. It included examples of gods and heroes in various media ranging from the ceramic, bronze, and stone-working traditions of antiquity to the painting and printmaking of later periods. The works represented a wide range of artists of diverse cultural backgrounds, including the anonymous artisans of antiquity, European artists, and one local Missourian. The exhibition illuminated the tradition of pagan myth and its cross-cultural appeal and demonstrated the link between the modern art world and the ancient civilizations that helped lay its foundations.

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