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Washington, February 10: Lecture on Greek legacy on Roman Bay of , Naples

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Originally From: "Cultural Counselor, Embassy of Greece USA" <zkosmidou at>

His Excellency the Ambassador of Greece And Mrs. Alexandros P. Mallias Invite you to the presentation

The Greek Legacy on the Roman Bay of Naples

on the occasion of the current exhibition at the National Gallery of Art

Pompeii and the Roman Villa Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples

by Prof. Carol Mattuch Professor of History of Art, The George Mason University and curator of the exhibition

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
7:00  9:00 p.m.
Embassy of Greece
2217 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Kindly reply to: rsvpculture at

The first collections of classical art formed by wealthy Romans were brought to Italy from Greece as booty. By the first century B.C., when the great villas were being built around the Bay of Naples, art in the archaic and classical styles was being made in Italy. By the first century B.C., many Greek artists had begun to move to the Bay of Naples to fill the many orders for statues, busts, and paintings produced in the Greek artistic tradition.

Augustus in his new empire sought to revive the notion of the golden age of fifth-century Periklean Athens. His interest in art showed the same focus. And so also did the collections of Roman villa-owners, who favored classical styles for their statues, reliefs, mosaics, paintings, and luxury arts. They bought portraits of Greek thinkers and famous statues of athletes, and they chose Classical heroes and myths to adorn their walls and tableware.

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