Visiting Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion? You must join the virtual exhibition queue when you arrive. If capacity has been reached for the day, the queue will close early.

Learn more
Art of the Hellenistic Kingdoms: From Pergamon to Rome

Art of the Hellenistic Kingdoms: From Pergamon to Rome

Various authors
224 pages
225 illustrations
View More Publication Info

This handsome newly designed addition to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s symposia series furthers the study of one of the most influential but less known periods of Greek art and culture. It is based on papers given at a two-day scholarly symposium held in conjunction with the award-winning exhibition “Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World,” on view at the Metropolitan in 2016. The twenty diverse essays exemplify the international scope of the Hellenistic arts, which cover the three centuries between the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. and the suicide of Cleopatra in 30 B.C.

Subjects range from twenty-first century approaches to museum displays of archaeological material to the circulation of artists and works of art throughout the Mediterranean and the influence of Hellenistic art and its legacy in the ancient Roman world. Among the topics discussed are aspects of royal self-presentation and important elements of iconography and style in coins, gems, mosaics, sculpture, vessels, and wall paintings, in mediums including bronze, faience, glass, marble, silver, and terracotta. Authored by a number of internationally renowned scholars, the essays in this volume highlight the holdings of the Metropolitan and markedly demonstrate the artistic innovations and technical mastery of Hellenistic artists, offering new insights into the vitality and complexity of Hellenistic art.

Marble column from the Temple of Artemis at Sardis, Marble, Greek
ca. 300 BCE
Temple of Artemis, Sardis (134. Sardes. 1843. T. de Cybèle.), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
Bronze statue of Eros sleeping, Bronze, Greek
3rd–2nd century BCE
Bronze statuette of a veiled and masked dancer, Bronze, Greek
3rd–2nd century BCE
Marble head of Zeus Ammon, Marble, Roman
ca. 120–160 CE
Marble statuette of Dionysos, Marble, Greek
early 3rd century BCE
Statue of Dionysos leaning on a female figure ("Hope Dionysos"), Pacetti, Vincenzo, Marble, Roman
Pacetti, Vincenzo
27 BCE–68 CE
Bronze statuette of a rider wearing an elephant skin, Bronze, Greek
3rd century BCE
Bronze statuette of drunken Herakles, Bronze, Greek
3rd–2nd century BCE
Bronze torso from an equestrian statue wearing a cuirass, bronze, Greek or Roman
Greek or Roman
2nd century BCE–2nd century CE
Terracotta pelike (wine jar), Amazon Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic
Amazon Painter
2nd half of the 4th century BCE
Terracotta oinochoe (jug), Terracotta, Greek, Attic
Greek, Attic
mid-4th century BCE
Terracotta lekythos (oil flask), Terracotta, Greek, Attic
Greek, Attic
late 4th century BCE
Terracotta pyxis (cosmetic box), Terracotta, Greek, Macedonian
Greek, Macedonian
3rd–2nd century BCE
Terracotta amphora (jar), Group with Horizontal Ivy Leaves, Terracotta, Greek, Ptolemaic
Group with Horizontal Ivy Leaves
ca. 275–250 BCE
Terracotta cup with appliqués, Terracotta, Greek, Pergamene
Greek, Pergamene
ca. 150–100 BCE
Terracotta Hadra hydria (water jar), Terracotta, Greek, Ptolemaic, Cretan
Greek, Ptolemaic, Cretan
226–225 BCE
Terracotta lagynos (oil flask), Terracotta, Greek
2nd–1st century BCE
Terracotta Megarian bowl, Terracotta, Greek, Asia Minor
Greek, Asia Minor
3rd century BCE
Silver kylix (drinking cup), Silver, Greek
late 4th–mid 3rd century BCE
Showing 20 of 45

View Citations

Hemingway, Seán A. 2019. Art of the Hellenistic Kingdoms: From Pergamon to Rome. New York : New Haven: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Distributed by Yale University Press.