Alexander the Great, late 4th-3rd century BC (Hellenistic), ivory. 3 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (8.9 x 3.1 cm). The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Aphrodite, c. 330-146 BC, marble with red paint. 16 5/16 x 5 3/8 x 4 3/8 inches (41.5 x 13.7 x 11.2 cm). The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Apollo and Artemis, c. 50 BC (late Hellenistic-Roman), marble. 17 1/16 x 12 5/8 x 2 15/16 inches (43.4 x 32 x 7.5 cm). The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Column-Krater with a Komos and Three Maenads, c. 440-430 BC (Classical), terracotta. 14 1/8 x 10 5/8 inches (35.9 x 27 cm). The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Architectural Relief of a Winged Nude Woman, 4th century BC, terracotta. 13 x 21 3/8 inches (33 x 54.3 cm). The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
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The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
www.thewalters.org

The Walters Art Museum is one of only a few museums in the world to present a panorama of art from the third millennium B.C. to the early 20th century. The thousands of treasures range from mummies to arms and armor, from old master paintings to Art Nouveau jewelry. The Walters’ Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ethiopian and Western Medieval art collections are among the finest in the nation, as are the museum’s holdings of Renaissance and Asian art and a spectacular reserve of illuminated manuscripts and rare books. Every major trend in French painting during the 19th century is represented in the collection.

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Alexander the Great, late 4th-3rd century BC (Hellenistic), ivory. 3 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (8.9 x 3.1 cm). The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Aphrodite, c. 330-146 BC, marble with red paint. 16 5/16 x 5 3/8 x 4 3/8 inches (41.5 x 13.7 x 11.2 cm). The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Apollo and Artemis, c. 50 BC (late Hellenistic-Roman), marble. 17 1/16 x 12 5/8 x 2 15/16 inches (43.4 x 32 x 7.5 cm). The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Column-Krater with a Komos and Three Maenads, c. 440-430 BC (Classical), terracotta. 14 1/8 x 10 5/8 inches (35.9 x 27 cm). The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Architectural Relief of a Winged Nude Woman, 4th century BC, terracotta. 13 x 21 3/8 inches (33 x 54.3 cm). The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Heroes

Mortals and myths in ancient Greece

 

Greek heroes were primary characters in a complex mythology, subjects of local religious worship, and models for the ancient citizens. To the Greeks, however, they were not fictional characters, but mortals who had lived, died, and were worthy of worship. The lives of the heroes and heroines were a constant presence in daily life, since artists represented both the mighty deeds, and the challenges that beset heroes, on monuments and everyday objects.

Many traits of Greek heroes are mirrored in our modern conception of heroes. Whether it is the value of extraordinary physical ability or mental acumen, the Greek conception of a hero influenced our own heroic ideals. While we do not worship deceased heroes as gods, we still honor and memorialize them. Indeed, there seems to be an inherent human need for superhuman and mortal heroes in every culture, and our modern society is no different.

The exhibition is composed of four sections, and presents four of the most popular heroes and heroines: Herakles, the mighty hero-god; Odysseus, the cunning traveler; Achilles, the hot-tempered warrior; and Helen, the eternal beauty.

Presented by
The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
www.thewalters.org

The Walters Art Museum is one of only a few museums in the world to present a panorama of art from the third millennium B.C. to the early 20th century. The thousands of treasures range from mummies to arms and armor, from old master paintings to Art Nouveau jewelry. The Walters’ Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ethiopian and Western Medieval art collections are among the finest in the nation, as are the museum’s holdings of Renaissance and Asian art and a spectacular reserve of illuminated manuscripts and rare books. Every major trend in French painting during the 19th century is represented in the collection.

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