The Palazzo Strozzi, or Strozzi Palace, is well known for providing new exhibits several times a year, and visitors to Florence over the next few months will be sure to notice the addition of the Power and Pathos exhibit.
The Palazzo Strozzi is working carefully with curators from Los Angeles and the National Gallery of Art in Washington to bring together some of the best-preserved works of ancient art from Greece and Italy. Power and Pathos explores the complex Hellenistic ideals of humanism and divine, all displayed in the faces of the bronze sculptures from a fascinating time in history.
The exhibit will open in March 2015. It will highlight work from the Mediterranean Basin from the period of Alexander the Great. During this time, the conquerer provided Hellenistic artists the opportunity to develop a style known as "portraits of power," a way for him to convey his status as a world ruler.
One of the works featured at Strozzi Palace's new exhibit "Power and Pathos" — Photo courtesy of Strozzi Palace
However, this period is also known for its use of of expression within the artwork, something that had not been done often in Ancient Art up until that point. This rich time in the ancient world allowed for innovated practices in art, design and, most of all, the casting of bronze figures.
Inviting viewers into the ancient world, the Strozzi Palace has imported 50 bronze works to include within the exhibit. Each work has been tediously restored and cared for, so guests can see the works as close to their original glory as possible.
Viewers are also meant to keep in mind that gods and heroes at this time were also real as well. Historical figures were considered as god-like as any myth, and Alexander the Great's legacy was the beginning of a whole new artistic movement devoted to developing these ideas.
The processes of how these works were cast and created are also explained to guests. So if you're unclear about how these fascinating works were created, you can understand how much work and thought it took to make them.
Power and Pathos will be open from Saturday, March 14, to Sunday, June 21, 2015. Tickets are available at the door or online. You can also book your ticket for a specific time in advance. The tickets are 11 euro, but there is a discount for students under 26 and seniors.
The museum is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then again in the afternoon from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can find information about this exhibit and others coming up on Strozzi Palace's website.