An exploration of ancient masterpieces from the island of Sicily—crossroads of the Greek and Roman worlds
On the island dear to the goddess Demeter and blessed with agricultural abundance, former Greek colonies grew into powerful kingdoms during the 5th to 3rd centuries B.C. Innovations in art, architecture, theater, poetry, philosophy, and science flourished on Sicily, leaving an enduring stamp on mainland Greece and later on Rome.
Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome presents 145 objects that bear witness to the athletic and military victories, religious rituals, opulent lifestyles, and intellectual attainments that shaped Classical culture at its peak.
This exhibition has been co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Assessorato dei Beni Culturali e dell'Identità Siciliana. It celebrates 2013 as the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, an initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, realized under the leadership of the President of the Republic of Italy.