The Trojan War – The Aeginetans – Two Hundred Years in Munich

The temple facade of Munich’s oldest museum, founded in 1830, harbours one of the leading collections of sculpture from the Greek and Roman era, amongst them world famous masterpieces such as the Barberini Faun.
The museum contains some collections of masterpieces from Archaic period (650-500 BC), Classical time (after 500 BC), Hellenism and Roman Republic and Empire. One can discover sculptures that prove an intense research on the ideal beauty, on ideal proportions. The Hellenistic period brings intense emotions, the artists start to share other feelings, that are against ideal beauty from the previous era: the violence and ugliness. During last period, that one of the Roman Empire, we observe a realism and a revival of classical art. The sculptures represent power and dignity. The exhibition ” Trojan War – The Aeginetans – Two Hundred Years in Munich” are the centrepiece of the Glyptothek. Their reconstruction, interpretation and ancient colouring have remained controversial up to the present time. The exhibition presents new ways of looking at these problems. An entirely new interpretation of the pediment sculptures and new suggestions as to their original colouring are also put forward. I was impressed by the decorative pattern used and the colors ( see the last 3 pictures). More about the exhibition here.

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