Idols. The power of the image

Female statuette sitting with legs bent, Cyclades, Perhaps Amorgos, Late Neolithic (V-IV millennium), Marble Brussels, Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire


The exhibition explores the original and profound link between East and West, witnessed by works depicting the human body dating back to the period between 4000 and 2000 BC. The 100 extraordinary finds on display, from different geographical areas - from the Iberian Peninsula to the Indus Valley, from the gates of the Atlantic to the distant Far Eastern borders - defined as 'idols', tell a thousand-year-old story with many facets, following a double narrative key that fuses anthropology and aesthetics, through the multiform shapes of the famous Mother Goddesses or the so-called ocular idols or plaque idols, of beings with ambiguous identity, androgynous or hermaphrodite female figures, or of representations of divine entities and mortal men, tracing a temporal path from the Neolithic villages to the Bronze Age cities.



  1. Keywords: venice, arte.it, palazzo loredan - isituto veneto di scienze lettere ed arti, fondazione giancarlo ligabue, idols, mostre 2018-2019

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