Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Getty Villa displays ancient masterpiece on loan from the Capitoline Museums in Rome


On loan from the Capitoline Museums in Rome, the spectacular Lion Attacking a Horse will be on view at the Getty Villa through February 4, 2013.

Presented for the first time outside Rome, where it has not been on public view since 1925, the sculpture will be the centerpiece of a special installation that traces its history from antiquity to the modern era and showcases recent conservation work undertaken in Rome.


Roman. 1st century. Floor Mosaic with a Lion Attacking an Onager

Part of “The Dream of Rome,” a project initiated by the Mayor of Rome Giovanni Alemanno to exhibit timeless masterpieces from the city of Rome in the United States, the installation will also include related works from the Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute’s collections.

“We are thrilled to have on view at the Getty Villa the celebrated Lion Attacking a Horse, which is one of the most storied sculptures to have survived from antiquity,” says Claire Lyons, Acting Senior Curator of Antiquities. “As the earliest work of ancient art recorded on the Capitoline Hill, it marks the beginning of the world’s oldest public art museum.”

Depicting the figure of a fallen horse succumbing to the claws and fangs of a ferocious lion, the monumental group dates to the early Hellenistic period (the late 4th century B.C.), when Greek sculptors began to produce naturalistic portrayals of intense emotion and physical exertion.

Left: 585 image showing the Lion Attacking a Horse in its fragmentary state. Giovanni Battista de' Cavalieri
Rome, 1585–94. Engraving

http://www.examiner.com/article/getty-villa-displays-ancient-masterpiece-on-loan-from-the-capitoline-museums?CID=examiner_alerts_article

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