Art Institute of Chicago offers new insights into the art of classical antiquity and its revivals

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Art Institute of Chicago offers new insights into the art of classical antiquity and its revivals
Attributed to the Workshop of Nikosthenes. Kylix (Drinking Cup), c. 530–520 B.C. Anonymous loan.

CHICAGO, IL.- The Art Institute of Chicago announces an innovative collaboration between the Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art and the Department of Prints and Drawings to explore Renaissance and Baroque printmakers’ direct responses to Classical antiquity through the figure of Dionysos, the ancient Greek god of wine and theater.

Dionysos Unmasked: Ancient Sculpture and Early Prints, on view from July 31, 2015 to February 15, 2016, in the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art, juxtaposes ancient sculpture with prints from the 15th through the 18th century with nearly 100 objects—pieces from the permanent collection, new loans of ancient art, and recently acquired works on paper.

Dionysos—known as Bacchus to the Romans—famously cavorted his way through the timeless tales of Greek and Roman mythology with an entourage of satyrs, the god Pan, and wild maenads who personified the untamed and self-indulgent desires of humanity unleashed by the intoxicating powers of wine. Also known and celebrated in early Greek festivals as the patron god of theater, an aspect of the deity less well known today, Dionysos could take many forms, from a graceful youth to a bearded mature man.

During the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the time of early printmaking, an interest in antiquity—especially Dionysos—flourished. Ancient sculptures depicting the god and his raucous retinue inspired artists to find new ways to transform age-old Dionysian subjects into prints and drawings that would appeal to their own contemporary audiences. Greek and Roman sculptures depicting Dionysos and his wild followers, and vessels used in ritual drinking parties and festivals honoring the god anchor this exhibition. Their featured printed counterparts include masterpieces from the Italian Renaissance to the French Rococo, including notably Andrea Mantegna’s Bacchanal with a Wine Vat, a 15th-century Italian engraving with striking visual similarity to the bronze Statue of Young Dionysos (a current long-term loan to the museum). Bringing together an extraordinarily rich selection of works, spanning as many as 2,000 years, this exhibition offers visitors unique insight into the art of Classical antiquity and its later revivals.

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