Humanities Cultural Event

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Cultural Event Any Name Professor XX Humanities 111 – World Cultures 1 June 15, 2013 I attended the “Of Gods & Glamour: The Mary & Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art” exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, on June 13 at 6:15 pm until closing at 8pm. My daughter decided to tag along and take advantage of the free admission offered to Illinois residents on Thursday evenings. Upon arrival to the Museum the first thing we noticed were the Black Hawk Helmets that adorned the heads of the Lion statues which sit on either side of the staircase leading to the main entrance. Once inside we obtained our tickets from the agent and asked for directions to our exhibition, which was in Galleries 150 -154. In route we passed thru the Alsdorf Galleries of Indian, Asian & Himalayan Art and we couldn’t help but notice the numerous statues of Buddha, especially what appeared to be a life sized statue in the center of the room, which turned out to be Buddha Seated in Meditation (Dhyanamudra) India, Chola Period 12th Century. As we reached gallery 150, upon entrance I immediately noticed the room was well lit due to the wall of windows which looked out upon the courtyard, I later realized that the four galleries which enclosed the courtyard were also the four galleries of the Jaharis exhibition. The first piece of art I saw was the Hellenistic or Rome, Eastern Mediterranean; Statue of Young Dionysos, 100 B.C- 100 A.D., which captured my attention because of its large scale and its green color. I was surprised as I expected to see only white and greyish toned statues that were made of marble and stone. Upon reading the descriptive tag I learned that Dionysos was the Greek God of Wine and Theater and that the statue was actually made of Bronze, thus I realized the green color was patina due to tarnish from aging. The features were very realistic

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