Hixenbaugh Ancient Art is pleased to present our latest gallery exhibition: GODDESS

On view from September 21 through October 14th.

We are pleased to introduce our latest exhibition, "GODDESS." Ancient Greek and Roman artists regularly portrayed a number of female divinities in their artistic repertoire. Statues of goddesses in antiquity were objects of religious reverence. Worshippers could appeal directly to a goddess through interaction with her sculpture in a temple. The ancients were always mindful that goddesses were to be respected and that they could at any time exact terrible retribution upon the impious.

The Olympian deities were formidable and were depicted to convey gravitas. Athena and Artemis were chaste goddesses who were to be feared and respected. Hera, Tyche, and Demeter, the goddesses of marriage, fortune, and the harvest respectively, were serious figures and were portrayed as such. Another class of Greek female divinities including Nemesis, Hekate, Cybele, and the Fates concerned themselves with the darker aspects of divine influence on mortals. Goddesses were portrayed in reverent images by ancient artists. They were depicted clothed and aloof, with serene and powerful expressions.

Ancient Greek and Roman artists had to turn to another deity if they wished to portray the female body. Aphrodite was the ideal subject for the ancient sculptor to portray divine feminine sexuality. The goddess occupied a less serious place among the pantheon of Greek gods. Working in the first half of the fourth century BC, the Greek sculptor Praxiteles was the first to portray Aphrodite fully nude. This act was not seen as blasphemous. It sparked a movement in the Hellenistic Period that followed to portray the goddess not only nude, but in a variety of different revealing poses. Other sensual subjects followed including the three Graces, Nymphs and ecstatic Maenads.

"GODDESS" explores images of the divine female form in antiquity. The exhibition features sculpture of Aphrodite in marble, as well as other female divinities including Fortuna, Persephone, Hekate, Nymphs and Nereids. Images in pottery, mosaic, terracotta, and numismatics as well as objects from other cultures including Egypt and Mesopotamia are also on view.



 

Past Exhibitions

REALM OF OSIRIS: Art of the Egyptian Mummy

Through November 18

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


RECENT IMAGES:
The photography of Joseph Coscia

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


CERAMIC


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


MEDITERRANEAN MOSAICS

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


GODS of ANTIQUITY

From 04/07/2016 to 05/28/2016


ART of WAR

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


EGYPTIAN SUMMER

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


ANCIENT ARMS AND ARMOR

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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