Athens--Sparta Antiquities Exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Center inNew York

In collaboration with the NationalArchaeological Museum of Greece

December 6, 2006--May 12, 2007

Presenting 288 exquisite artifacts, the exhibition "Athens--Sparta," curated by Dr.Nikos Kaltsas, Director of the NationalArchaeologicalMuseum in Athens, explores the history and cultural achievements of the two most important city-states in the ancient Greek world, from their formation in the eighth century B.C. to the height of their power during the Classical period of the fifth century.

Warrior Figurine, Bronze, 540-520B.C. Laconian
workshop. FromLonga, Messenia, sanctuary of Apollo
Korythos.NationalArchaeological Museum, nv. no 14789
Kore Statuette. Pentelic marble, ca. 500 B.C. Attic
workshop.From the Acropolis of Athens, excavation east
of theParsthenon, 1882. Acropolis Museum, inv. nos.
676 and 527 (right).
Among these ancient works of art--many of which will travel abroad for the first-time--are such treasures as the fifth-century B.C. marble bust of the helmeted Spartan warrior known as Leonidas, a fifth-century B.C. marble Athenian kore from theAcropolis Museum; bronze figures of hoplites form Sparta from the eighth to the sixth centuries B.C., arrowheads and spear heads from the famous battlefield of Thermopylae; and a black-figure Laconian kylix from the sixth century B.C. from the Vatican Museums.By presenting a significant number of Laconian artifacts alongside corresponding Attic objects from the same period, "Athens--Sparta" will shed light on the lesser-known accomplishments of Sparta artists and will give viewers an opportunity to discover the depth and complexity of Laconic art, usually overshadowed by the cultural magnificence of Athens.

"Athens--Sparta"brings together objects form theNational Archaeological Museum, the Acropolis Museum, the Epigraphical Museum, the Kerameikos Museum, the Numismatic Museum, and the Third Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities in Athens; from the archaeological museums of Sparta, Marathon,Olympia, and Rhodes; and from the Vatican Museums, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the Museums of Fine Arts inBoston, and theAmerican Numismatic Society inNew York.

"Athens--Sparta" is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue featuring essays byDr.Nikos Kaltsas,Director,National Archaeological Museum, Athens; Dr.Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor of Classics andHistory at Yale University; Dr.PaulCartledge,Professor GreekHistory at the University of Cambridge; Dr.IsminiTrianti,Professor ofClassical Archaeology at the University of Ioannina; Dr.Yannis Touratsoglou,Director Emeritus of theNumismatic Museum and theNational Archaeological Museum inAthens; and other eminent historians and archaeologists.

Exhibition Hours: Monday--Saturday, 10:00am--6:00pm

Admission: Free

Location: Onassis Cultural Center,Olympic Tower, 645 FifthAve.,New York, NY.

(Posting date 1 October 2006

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