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Under the light of Apollo: The Louvre at Delphi



Under the light of Apollo: The Louvre at Delphi

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21 September 2021–31 January 2022

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"The exhibition includes 28 Louvre masterpieces, dating from the 14th century BC to the 19th century AD, which converse with exhibits from the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Delphi in an original dialogue. Important works of the Louvre collections are also presented, such as the bottle from Idalium in Cyprus, a sphinx statue of Pharaoh Apries, a relief of Pharaoh Akhenaten, a red vase of the painter Menelaus with a scene of Oedipus and Sphinx, Redon’ “Chariot of Apollo”, Caracci’s design for the Farnese Gallery with Hermes and Apollo, Tiepolo’s famous work “Apollo and Daphne”, etc. The aim of this approach is a communion between present-day visitors to the oracle and a contemporary reading of issues related to the Delphic archaeology and the hypostasis of Pythian Apollo, who was worshipped in ancient Greece in a most spiritual and humanistic manner. The sections of the exhibition provide new insight into the significance of Delphi and an opportunity to personally reflect on the vital role of the “Apollonian light” in shaping the ancient past, today’s present and, even more so, the uncertain future. The exhibition is part of the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution of 1821. "

(Edited and translated text from the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports/Louvre Museum :

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