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The Search for Alexander: Supplement to the Catalogue by Joan R. Mertens

The Search for Alexander: Supplement to the Catalogue by Joan R. Mertens

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The New York supplement to the official catalogue of the exhibition The Search for Alexander describes the added objects that were not shown in the Washington D.C. venue of the show. The new material is drawn mainly from the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, but also includes the Amphipolis hoard lent by the New York collector and longtime friend of the Museum and the Department of Greek and Roman Art, Mr. Christos G. Bastis, who has also generously lent an unpublished small bronze head of Alexander and an over-life-size marble head associated with the Alexander-Helios type.

In selecting the New York additions to the exhibition, the guiding principle has been to limit ourselves to representations of Alexander the Great and to objects related to the rich selection of northern Greek art of the fourth century B.C. lent by the Greek government. Thus objects of the Hellenistic age found in southern Italy or Egypt have not been included, for it was felt that the emphasis should remain focused on the arts of northern Greece and the person of Alexander the Great rather than the infinitely vaster complex of Hellenistic art with its many diverse roots and its long artistic history.

In the supplement are also to be found illustrations of three of the objects from Europe that were described but not reproduced in the original catalogue, as well as the entry for the Pella mosaic that did not join the exhibition until its opening in Boston. Of the New York entries, that on the Amphipolis hoard was prepared by Joan R. Mertens; those of the two additional loans by George Ortiz were based on catalogue information supplied by the owner. [This book was originally published in 1982 and has gone out of print. This edition is a print-on-demand version of the original book.]

Joan R. Mertens
Metropolitan Museum of Art
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