Power And Pathos
REVIEW by Willard Manus
The subtitle of this handsome book from Getty Publications is Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World. Published on the occasion of the current exhibition of the same name at the J. Paul Getty Museum(now through Nov. 1, 2015), POWER AND PATHOS focuses on the Hellenistic period when Greek artists began to portray the human body and face in realistic rather than idealistic fashion.
showing human beings with all their flaws, such as wrinkled skin,
pot bellies or the unlovely face of a poet, as the director of the
Getty, Timothy Potts, commented. It was Hellenistic sculptors who
first pushed to the limit the dramatic effects of billowing drapery, tousled
hair, and teeth-clenching grimace; it was in their hands that the outward
forms of sculpture became equally expressive of inner triumph and tragedy.