See how ancient Greece influenced the work of Picasso.
The Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens presents its major exhibition, Picasso and Antiquity – Line and Clay.
For the first time, 68 rare ceramics and Picasso drawings with birds, quadrupeds and marine creatures, human figures, mythological or minor beings and other works inspired by ancient tragedies and comedies, talk thematically with 67 antiquities, to create a “Divine Dialogue” between ancient Greek and modern art.
Rare works by Picasso depict marine creatures, animals, human figures, mythological scenes inspired by ancient tragedy and comedy, all conversing with prehistoric artefacts as part of the museum’s “Divine Dialogues” series, where ceramics and designs of Picasso talk with ancient works.
During his long and productive career, Picasso was inspired by a wide variety of sources, which he constantly adapted and worked on. The classical tradition offered the Spanish painter a vocabulary of endless possibilities for manipulation and modification. Ancient Greece, with its mythological history and rich iconography, was among these sources. From the time even when he painted plaster casts of ancient sculptures, Picasso was fascinated by various themes of Greek mythology, issues that distract the trivial or that state of the conflicting impulses of man. Among them, the Minotaur, a Dionysian creature, half man and half animal, emerged as a symbol of the darkest aspects of the human soul and the contemplation of war.