The tenth Louvre – DNP Museum Lab presentation in Tokyo invites visitors to discover the art of Ancient Greece’s civilization, which had a significant impact on Western art and culture. The visitors will be able to admire four works from the Louvre’s Greek art collection.
One of the greatest artworks on display is the Krater of Antaeus, one of the must-see masterpieces which provides a perfect illustration of the beauty and quality of Greek ceramics.
It is signed by Euphronios, a famously innovative vase painter and one of the artists who took the red-figure technique to an unprecedented level of refinement. The krater is exhibited together with a red-figure cup, a bronze statuette of Heracles and a terracotta mask of Dionysos.
An animated map at the entrance to the exhibition illustrates the expansion of the Greek world in antiquity, providing visitors with contextual information before they view the artworks on display in the presentation room. Near the highlight exhibit, a multimedia display called The Krater of Antaeus, a Masterpiece of Greek Ceramics, shows how this vase illustrates some essential aspects of Greek art and civilization, Art Daily reported.
Each of the other artworks on display also serves to illustrate a theme, which is developed during the visit: the codes of representation of the human body are demonstrated by the statuette of Heracles Resting; the iconography of Greek, gods and goddesses is exemplified by the Red-figure Cup, and the importance of the relationship with the gods is demonstrated by the ritual of the symposium, related to the cult of the wine-god Dionysos, presented here in the form of a mask.
The human body was the favorite subject of ancient Greek artists, and inspired constant research in terms of harmony, proportion and anatomy. The depictions of heroes on the Krater of Antaeus and the Red-figure Cup illustrate this pictorial research, while the statue of the resting Heracles is a fine example of representations of the body in Greek sculpture.