Olympus features over 160 works, including marble statues and reliefs, bronze statuettes, terracotta vases, and jewellery from the Berlin State Museums’ classical antiquities collection, drawn from the Altes Museum and the Pergamonmuseum. Rarely seen outside of Europe, the collection is one of the most significant antiquities holdings worldwide, known for its historic, cultural, and aesthetic merit. Originating in the 17th century with the Electors of Brandenburg, the antiquities collection was built over three centuries from archaeological excavations in Italy, Greece, and Asia Minor from such sites as Olympia in 1845, Vulci in 1852, and Pergamon in 1878. The collection survived
the Napoleonic Wars, two World Wars, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Olympus explores the fascinating world of Greek and Roman mythology and religion, reflecting the universal preoccupation with creation, the nature of God and humankind, the afterlife, and other spiritual concerns. From the times of Homer and Hesiod, intriguing myths and legends have remained constant because of their beauty and power. A longstanding source of inspiration for the world, these stories have been renewed and interpreted with infinite variations, expressed in exciting and challenging new ways through literature, visual art, music, dance, and film.
LEFT TO RIGHT Praenestine cista (votive box), 350–300 BC, Bronze. Apollo, 1st century BC–1st century AD, Bronze. Attic red-figure hydria, 450–440 BC, Earthenware.
© Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, photographer Johannes Laurentius
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