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San Diego Museum of Art Exhibit displays rare Ancient Greek artwork

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Enter the world of epic adventures and mythology with a visit to the special exhibition Heroes: Mortals and Myths of Ancient Greece at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park.

Until September 5th, 2010 San Diegans have a special opportunity to gaze upon the pottery, armory, jewelry, and more made from 700 BCE to the Roman era in Greece and Italy. From Corinthian helmets used in battle to vases depicting warriors in a duel, the collection allows visitors a look into the ancient culture that is rarely afforded to them as it is the only exhibit of its kind in the San Diego area.

The collection is houses four sections according to the familiar stories of Helen of Troy, Herakles, Odysseus, and Achilles, whose stories of combat, love, and revenge have been heard of and referenced many a times in literature courses at school or popular films such as Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy (2004) or Zack Snyder’s 300 (2006).

While you’re at the museum, be sure to visit the Toulouse-Lautrec’ Paris exhibit featuring pieces from the Baldwin M. Baldwin Collection. See Toulouse-Lautrec’s works together for a limited time. In the late 80s the Baldwin M. Baldwin Foundation donated nearly 100 works by Toulouse-Lautrec. Since then the Museum has circulated this collection throughout the United States. This will be the first time the 100 works will be shown together at The San Diego Museum of Art. The exhibit runs until December 12, 2010.

Be sure to mark you calendars for the next big development at SDMA. The next highly anticipated art exhibit is Temple, Palace, Mosque: Southern Asian and Persian Art which opens August 23, 2010. The exhibit will pair with the East Asian galleries, which will allow visitors to experience the historic cross-cultural artistic connection among the different regions of Asia.

Photo courtesy of Captmondo via Wikimedia Commons.

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