The Mediterranean World: The Collections from the Louvre
There’s nothing quite like a bit of intrigue to get the blood pumping – something the ancient Greeks specialised in with their very own antiquated version of a soap opera played out among the gods. Take Artemis, the goddess of hunting and protectress of young girls, for example. Her beloved companion Orion was mercilessly slain by her jealous brother Apollo, and her best friend Callisto was seduced by her libidinous father Zeus, who was then turned into a bear by his angry wife Hera... and to make matters worse, Artemis then accidentally killed her while hunting!
This luckless but pretty goddess has been a muse to artists for millennia, and was most famously depicted as Diana of Gabies, a statue owned by the Louvre in Paris and which has now arrived in Tokyo for the first time. For along with Artemis, the Metropolitan Art Museum is revealing the fascinating stories behind a number of artworks in a special exhibition entitled The Mediterranean World: The Collections from the Louvre. The region’s 4,000 year history as a link between East and West will be traced by more than 200 masterpieces taken from all eight curatorial departments of the Louvre, including relics from ancient Greece and Rome, along with pieces dating right up until the 19th century. But don’t hang about, the exhibition ends in one week!