“Monsters. Fantastic Creatures of Fear and Myth” exhibition catalogs the strange critters of Antiquity


Mostri. Creature fantastiche della paura e del mito, (Monsters. Fantastic Creatures of Fear and Myth) at the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme in the National Museum in Rome, catalogs a peculiar menagerie of the strange creatures running amok in Antiquity, until the 1st of June, 2014.

For every hero there’s always a monster to face; call them symbols of man’s darker side, cyphers of secrets still kept secret, or maybe just … monsters. The exhibition, featuring works on loan from museums the world over, is poignantly organized as a labyrinth, an ancient form of the initiation journey every hero must confront to gain greater awareness.

Chimeras, griffons, sirens, centaurs, satyrs, harpies, sphinxes, minotaurs, and hydras are represented on various objects: sculptures, architectural decorations, weapons, vases, and murals and come from different geographic locations and from various epochs. The exhibition is sponsored by the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma in collaboration with Electa, is curated by  Rita Paris, the director of the Museo Nazionale Romano in Palazzo Massimo, and Elisabetta Setari.

Visit the museum website, for more info, linked here.






Mostri. Creature fantastiche della paura e del mito
Until the 1st of June, 2014
Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Massimo Largo di Villa Peretti 1
Hours: from 9am to 7:45pm.

Tickets: € 10,00 Reduced: € 6,50

For more information, and to schedule a guided tour, call (+39) 06 3996770 http://www.coopculture.it


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