Hixenbaugh Ancient Art is pleased to announce its latest gallery exhibition:



The supernatural permeated all aspects of life in antiquity. Initially, the only way that ancient humans could explain the unseen forces of the universe was through attributing them to the actions of gods. Primordial gods in all societies were associated with the most basic forces of nature: light and dark, birth and death, masculine and feminine. These most fundamental notions of divinity were essential to early man’s understanding of the world around him.

As societies advanced, deities came to represent a much wider array of forces including sensations, ideas, and industries. The gods became allegorical personifications of both natural forces and human emotions. Many deities were conceived as animals or as beings with zoomorphic attributes. It is easy to see how certain animals with physical abilities that far exceeded humans were thought to be closely related to the gods of the sky, earth, and sea. In all societies, the pantheon of gods and goddesses grew as the society matured. Old gods took on new aspects. New gods were conceived to personify new ideas. In time, gods and goddesses the world over came to be complex mythological beings that presided over a wide range of both mortal and immortal happenings. In many instances gods were not only revered but also feared. Priesthoods developed to ensure the proper devotion to deities thereby maintaining order in the universe. Gods and goddesses came to be patron deities of certain locations, protectors of certain individuals and nations, spirit guides, judges, advocates, adversaries, and sometimes casual meddlers in human affairs.

The exhibition: GODS of ANTIQUITY represents a sampling of images of ancient deities from a variety of cultures dating to the earliest period of representational art to pinnacle of Classical civilization. Included are the major deities of the Egyptian cosmology, Osiris, Nut, Isis, Anubis, Ptah, and Bastet. The deities of the Greco-Roman pantheon include, Zeus, Athena, Aphrodite, Hermes, Asclepius, Apollo, and Dionysos. Also on view are a selection of pre-Columbian gods, including, Cojico, Huehuecoyotl, and the Olmec Rain Spirit.


Past Exhibitions

new book:

A Complete Guide and Catalog

From 03/21/2019 to 04/27/2019


The photography of Joseph Coscia Jr.

And accompanying ancient glass through December 7

From 10/25/2018 to 11/25/2018


From 05/10/2018 to 05/31/2018

REALM OF OSIRIS: Art of the Egyptian Mummy

Through November 18

From 10/26/2017 to 11/18/2017


through October 14

From 09/21/2017 to 10/14/2017

The GODDESS exhibition features sculpture of of the divine female form in antiquity.

The photography of Joseph Coscia

From 05/19/2017 to 06/30/2017


on view through February 25

From 01/19/2017 to 02/25/2017

Light on Stone:

the photography of Joseph Coscia

From 10/20/2016 to 12/24/2016

Paintings of John Woodrow Kelley

Through October 15

From 09/15/2016 to 10/15/2016


From 06/09/2016 to 07/30/2016


December through February 2016

From 12/10/2015 to 02/13/2016

Art of Ancient America

From 10/29/2015 to 12/05/2015

On view in our Chelsea gallery from October 29 through December 5

PAX ROMANA: Roman art exhibition

From 09/17/2015 to 10/24/2015

On view exclusively at our Chelsea gallery from September 17 to October 24


From 06/04/2015 to 08/01/2015

On view exclusively at our Chelsea gallery from June 4 to August 1

SYMPOSIUM: Wine and Revelry in Antiquity

From 04/16/2015 to 05/30/2015

On view exclusively at our Chelsea gallery from April 16th to May 30.

the face of antiquity

From 02/01/2015 to 04/11/2015

Our inaugural show in our newly opened Chelsea gallery, on view now through April 11th, explores the widely varied depictions of the human face in ancient art.

Neo-Assyrian Arms and Armor on Display

From 11/15/2011 to 12/31/2011


From 06/01/2008 to 06/30/2008

Our current exhibition includes a number of rare and unusual examples of ancient arms and armor including, Greek bronze helmets and horse armor, Roman legionary bricks, Celtic swords and spears, as well as a number of ancient projectile points.

FEMINA: Women of Antiquity

From 03/27/2008 to 04/30/2008

A special exhibition examining the iconography of women in ancient art


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