The Dramatic Experience in Ancient Greek Art
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Red-figure volute krater (detail). Attributed to the Baltimore Painter South Italian, Apulia, ca. 330–320 BC. Terracotta; 42 5/8 in. (108 cm). Side A: Mourning Achilles visited by the goddess Iris; side B: Deceased hero sitting in a naiskos (small shrine). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Dorothy Spreckels Munn Fund, 2005.24a–b
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
Directed by Carey Perloff, artistic director emerita of the American Conservatory Theater
Performed by actors Anthony Fusco, Safiya Fredericks, and cellist Theresa Wong
Join us for an afternoon of performance and exploration of the theatrical impulse in classical art, juxtaposing ancient Greek theater and the visual arts.
Imagery depicted and created by ancient Greek artists helps to fill the gap in our knowledge and understanding of performing arts and the visualization of drama on stage in antiquity. Ancient tragic and comic poets presented their plays to compete in an annual celebration of the cult of the god Dionysos in Athens. Since the mid-6th century BC, these plays continued to be staged from mainland Greece and to the Greek colonies in southern Italy and Sicily. As living representations, modern performance and reading of Greek tragedy and epic bring to life the iconography of dramatic and theatrical scenes in classical Greek art.
Free with museum admission.