The Myth of Troy at the British Museum

The Myth of Troy at the British Museum
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For almost three-thousand years, the myth of Troy has intrigued humanity. From Homer to William Shakespeare, to the colossal films of Hollywood, its story lives again in countless new tales. The kidnapping of Helena, the ploy of Ulysses’ wooden horse, the courage of Hector and Achilles, the prophecies of the youthful Cassandra, the passions of the Gods and of men all come to the fore in a large exhibition at the British Museum. Balanced between history and mythology, the exhibition highlights how the tragic events of the Iliad conquered the imaginations of both artists and archeologists. Splendid Grecian urns, classical statues, paintings from numerous eras, all come together to sing an ode to the ancient city of Asia Minor. From Lucas Cranach the Elder, on display in the exhibition with the work the Judgement of Paris from the Royal Collection, to the contemporary pop art of Eleonora Antin who reinterprets the paintings of Rubens, we can reach out and touch the power at the foundation of such acclaim. Then there are the precious archeological finds of the British Museum which show the historic veracity of Troy, long sought after and then found in Anatolia by the German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann in 1870. The objects uncovered by Schliemann and his heirs narrate the rise and fall of the legendary city, revealing the true motives behind a long and bloody conflict.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London