11.02.2017-12.31.2017

Phoenix Ancient Art SA
Archaeology of Mesopotamia and Byzantium

ANCIENT ART BY 10

This year, the Association L'Art en Vieille-Ville de Genève celebrates its 10th anniversary with its traditional autumn exhibition! On this occasion, Phoenix Ancient Art has chosen a theme that will celebrate this number.

"Ancient Art by 10" will propose selections of 10 superb artifacts crafted in various mediums (gold, gilded silver, bronze, ceramic and marble) and from an array ancient civilizations (Near East, Egyptian, Greek and Roman), which will amaze visitors by their aesthetic quality, refined techniques, or simply by their iconography, and allow everyone the opportunity to travel in the delight and aestheticism that characterize Art in Antiquity.

For example, this extremely fine and luminous ear stud of impressive size: made of gold, this earring is a wonderful example of the granulation technique at its best, which the Etruscans already begun to use in the 6th century B.C. (D: 4.3 cm).

Bronze will be well represented by a stunning statuette of the Greek hero Herakles (Hercules) in striking position, wearing his quintessential lion skin (Etruscan, first half of the 4th century B.C.; H: 14.3 cm).

Ancient sculpture is best represented in marble, as with this conspicuous Roman Herm featuring a Zeus–Ammon and a Satyr (1st – 2nd century A.D.; H: 26.6 cm).     

The evolution of ceramic painting will also be on displayed with several vases, including this wonderful Corinthian olpe, which embodies the very beginnings of Greek black-figure painting, with these elegant animal friezes characteristic of this stage of figurative development (third quarter of the 7th  century B.C., 630-620 BC; H: 33 cm).