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Symposium focuses on Greek art, Nov. 22

An international symposium presented by scholars of ancient Greek art will take place Saturday, Nov. 22, in McCosh 10.

"Monsters and Mischwesen: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art" will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It is sponsored by the Department of Art and Archaeology and the Program in Hellenic Studies.

The symposium is in connection with "The Centaur's Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art," the first exhibition in the United States to explore the role of mythical monsters in ancient Greek culture. The exhibition, on view at the University Art Museum through Jan. 18, features 100 pieces from the museum's permanent collection and private collections in the United States, France and Spain. It focuses on the significance composite creatures -- including the half-man, half-horse centaurs -- had for the early Greeks by examining their antecedents in the art of Egypt and the Near East.

"The Centaur's Smile" was conceived in 1998 after the museum acquired a Greek bronze statuette of a centaur dating to about 530 B.C., which is a signature piece in the exhibition. Other items include terracotta statuettes, painted ceramic vases, sculptural reliefs, jewelry, metalwork and engraved gems.

For more information, call Princeton Art Museum at (609) 258-3788.

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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