Alexandria's founded by Alexander

Alexandria's founded by Alexander the Great (by year BC): 334 Alexandria in Troia (Turkey) - 333 Alexandria at Issus/Alexandrette (Iskenderun, Turkey) - 332 Alexandria of Caria/by the Latmos (Alinda, Turkey) - 331 Alexandria Mygdoniae - 331 Alexandria (Egypt) - 330 Alexandria in Areia (Herat, Afghanistan) - 330 Alexandria of the Prophthasia/in Dragiana/Phrada (Farah, Afghanistan) - 330 Alexandria in Arachosia (Kandahar, Afghanistan) - 330 Alexandria in Caucasus (Begram, Afghanistan) - 329 Alexandria of the Paropanisades (Ghazni, Afghanistan) - 329 Alexandria Eschate or Ultima (Khodjend, Tajikistan) - 329 Alexandria on the Oxus (Ai-Khanoum OR Termez, Afghanistan) - 328 Alexandria in Margiana (Merv, Turkmenistan) - 326 Alexandria Nicaea (on the Hydaspes, India) - 326 Alexandria Bucephala (on the Hydaspes, India) - 325 Alexandria Sogdia - 325 Alexandria Oreitide - 325 Alexandria in Opiene / Alexandria on the Indus (confluence of Indus & Acesines, India) - 325 Alexandria Rambacia (Bela, Pakistan) - 325 Alexandria Xylinepolis (Patala, India) - 325 Alexandria in Carminia (Gulashkird, Iran) - 324 Alexandria-on-the-Tigris/Antiochia-in-Susiana/Charax (Spasinou Charax on the Tigris, Iraq) - ?Alexandria of Carmahle? (Kahnu)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Greek art at its best in two separate exhibitions

In my eyes, Greek art just like Greek temples is pure perfection. A matter of taste or a matter of judgment, no doubt, but no civilization has ever created anything better. The Romans loved it so much that they created their own imitations without which we would have missed a great deal of information, but they never matched up to the Greek perfection.

This being said, it is quite exciting to see that there currently are two separate exhibitions on Greek statues from Hellenistic times.

One is running at the British Museum in London under the title “Defining Beauty, the body in ancient Greek art”. It opened on March 26 and will end on July 5, 2015, so you better make your travel plans.

A friend of mine recently went to see these thrilling works of art and told me that the exhibition also includes a very interesting section explaining how the statues were painted in antiquity as shown through some superb examples from the German travelling museum pieces.

The other exhibition is in Florence, Italy, at the Palazzo Strozzi, running from March 14 till June 21, 2015. Under the label “Power and Pathos. Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World” some of the most important bronze masterpieces have been brought together. Leading museums from around the world have contributed to this unique collection: The British Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New-York, the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Vatican Museums and several other Italian museums. It is a unique opportunity to admire this rich array of monumental statues of gods, athletes and heroes for most bronzes were destroyed over the centuries to recuperate the raw material for other purposes.

For both events, tickets can be purchased on-line, a safe way to make sure to obtain entrance to the museum at the time of your visit.

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