Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art, will lead a tour of the Samuel H. Kress Gallery, in particular the recent and ongoing research concerning the Orpheus Relief and Salvator Rosaï¿½s ï¿½Saint Simon the Apostle.ï¿½
The Orpheus Relief Project involves the public exhibition and interdisciplinary study of an important but little-known ancient marble relief sculpture with vestiges of ancient painting. The youthful figure of Hermes, the Greek messenger god, survives from a larger, three-figured composition depicting the god escorting Eurydice to the Underworld during her final parting from Orpheus. This larger composition, known as the Orpheus Relief, is one of the most celebrated examples of Greek sculpture from the High Classical period, ca. 450ï¿½400 B.C. Mark Abbe, assistant professor of ancient art at UGAï¿½s Lamar Dodd School of Art, serves as designer of the project, which involves working with UGAï¿½s Center for Applied Isotope Studies, department of chemistry and department of classics. The resulting research may be tracked at the blog http://orpheusrelief.wordpress.com/.
Salvator Rosa was an Italian Baroque painter, poet and printmaker born June 20, 1615, and was best known for being a proto-Romantic. His legacy was, most prominently, the beginning stages of romantic painting, evinced by the picturesque works of J.M.W. Turner, who arrived in the art world about a century later. One of his paintings, ï¿½Saint Simon the Apostle,ï¿½ is on display in the Samuel H. Kress Gallery.