Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies and the National Gallery of Art Collaborate to Shine Light on Ancient Greek Bronzes, Part 2

2016.02.29 | By Keith Stone

Houston head - Rob Shelley
Bronze head, 227–221 BCE. The head is said to be of Antigonos Doson in the guise of Poseidon, but Gloria Ferrari Pinney has argued that Homer is the correct identification. Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Photo by Rob Shelley.

The editors of Classical Inquires are pleased to highlight a public event held at the National Gallery of Art on February 25, 2016 titled “A poet or a god: The iconography of certain bearded male bronzes.” This was the second of two panel discussions planned by the Gallery and Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies to highlight the exhibition, Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World (showing at the National Gallery in Washington, DC through March 20, 2016).

The panel discussion focused on a bronze head currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Previous researchers have identified the subject as Antigonos Doson in the guise of Poseidon. Professor Gloria Ferrari Pinney, however, argued that the bronze represents Homer. Professor Nagy explored relevant ancient myths about the life of Homer.

For information about the first of these two panel discussions, see this CI posting from 2016.02.22.