International Scholar Peter Schultz Explores Evidence, Appearance, and Meaning of Enigmatic Group of Portraits.
The use of heroic or divine imagery for the portraits of kings, queens, and rulers is one of the most well-known aspects of the visual culture
of the Hellenistic period (323-31 B.C.). In paintings, statues and coins, Hellenistic monarchs consistently elevated themselves above those
they ruled with a common visual language that pointed directly to their own god like power. But where does this tradition come from?
In 338 B.C., Philip II of Macedon destroyed the armies of Athens and Thebes and changed the Greek world forever. To commemorate this
spectacular triumph, the king commissioned from the renowned Athenian sculptor Leochares a set of dynastic portraits of himself, his son
Alexander (later to become “the Great”), his wife Olympia, his mother Eurydice, and his father Amyntas. In many ways, this portrait group,
erected in a circular, temple-like building in the panhellenic sanctuary at Olympia in Greece””the Philippeion“”set the stage for the use of
heroic and divine iconographies for the next three hundred years, until the end of the Hellenistic Age.
In this exciting Getty Villa lecture, Peter Schultz of Concordia College explores the evidence, appearance, and meaning of an enigmatic
of group portraits and discusses the influence the Philippeion and its statuary had on later Hellenistic culture and art.
About Peter Schultz
Peter Schultz is Olin J. Storvick Chair of Classical Studies at Concordia College. He received a bachelor’s degree in art history, philosophy, and classics from Concordia in 1994, a master’s degree in art history from Vanderbilt University in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Classical archaeology from the University of Athens in 2003. Dr. Schultz has held advanced fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the A.G. Leventis Foundation, the Fritz-Thyssen Stiftung fÃ¼r WissenschaftsfÃ¶rderung and the American School of Classical Studies, Athens, among others. His research interests include Greek sculpture and architecture, archaeological theory, Macedonian history before Alexander, and modern Greek poetry and landscape. He has written extensively on Athenian art, architecture, and topography and is currently completing monographs on the sculptural program of the temple of Athena Nike in Athens and on the social history of Greek art, both for Cambridge University Press.
What: Lecture on the Origins of Hellenistic Ruler Portraiture (Free, public lecture)
When: Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Getty Villa, Auditorium
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Report by Pauline Adamek