Recent Exhibit at the Acropolis Museum Turns Heads

Metope of the Annunciation

By ; published Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
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Metope of the Annunciation
Photo Credit: Acropolis Museum

An interesting story lies behind this fascinating masterpiece: around 400 A.D. during the decline of the ancient world, fanatics attempted to burn the Parthenon and destroy the sculptures. As a result, the metopes were brutally defaced on three sides.

The 32nd one on the north side was left intact, and research has attributed this to the fact that it features two female figures which were thought to be the Virgin Mary and the angel of the Annunciation.

Metope of the Annunciation
Photo Credit: Acropolis Museum

In reality they are Hebe and her mother Hera. This metope, along with the three adjacent ones, depicts the gods on Mount Olympus deciding the victory of the Greeks in the Trojan War. The metope of the Annunciation, the one next to it on the north side, and the first one on the west side were recently taken down from the Parthenon and will soon be placed in their respective positions in the Musuem.

 
 

 

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