The Berlin Painter and His World

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July 8–Oct. 1, 2017
Canaday Gallery

This touring exhibition of ancient Athenian vase-painting, organized by the Princeton University Art Museum, focuses on the art and career of the anonymous artist known as the Berlin Painter. Eighty-four vessels and statuettes of bronze and terracotta from the early fifth century B.C. will be shown, including dozens of the finest vases attributed to the Berlin Painter along with works by other extraordinary artists of the period. The masterpieces are on loan from 15 museums and two private collections, including the British Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the J. Paul Getty Museum; the Vatican’s Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Musée du Louvre. The painted subjects range from athletics and musical performances to the rich body of Greek myth and epic. The exhibition will be shown at Princeton University (March 4-June 11, 2017) before coming to TMA.

The Berlin Painter and His World: Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C. has been organized by the Princeton University Art Museum. Major support for this exhibition has been provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Leon Levy Foundation.  The Toledo showing is made possible in part by Taylor Cadillac, Christie's, Ohio Arts Council, James and Gregory Demirjian, Princeton University Alumni of Northwest Ohio, an anonymous donor, and generous gifts received in memory of Kurt Luckner with additional support from our 2017 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.

Admission is free for members and students, $10 for nonmembers.

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Greek, Attic, attributed to the Berlin Painter, Red-figure amphora of Type A: A. Athena; B. Herakles, about 500–490 B.C. Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig

FREE Exhibition Tour: Adam Levine, The Berlin Painter and His World
July 15: 2 p.m., Canaday Gallery
Adam Levine, Toledo Museum of Art associate director and associate curator of ancient art, leads a walk through of the exhibition.

FREE Film in the Great Outdoors
9 p.m., Museum Grounds

  • July 21: Jason and the Argonauts (1963, 104 minutes)
  • Aug. 4: The 300 Spartans (1962, 114 minutes)
  • Aug. 18: Clash of the Titans (1981, 118 minutes)
  • Sept. 1: Time Bandits (1981, 110 minutes)

FREE AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Alan Shapiro, The Berlin Painter and the Origins of Portraiture in Greece
Sept. 8: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Dr. Alan Shapiro, Professor of Classics, Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University and national Archaeological Institute of America lecturer, will discuss the ancient Greek artist known as the
Berlin Painter.

FREE Color Wheels Community Bike Ride: Greek American Festival Ride
Sept. 9: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Parkwood Entrance
After exploring The Berlin Painter and His World exhibition (ticketed), join this ride, which includes free admission to the annual Greek American Festival in downtown Toledo.

FREE Lecture: Eftychia Papanikolaou, When Music is Silent: ‘Listening’ to the Music of Ancient Greece through Its Pottery
Sept. 16: 2 p.m., Little Theater
In this multi-sensory presentation, musicologist Eftychia Papanikolaou of Bowling Green State University will discuss the music of ancient Greece through an exploration of the roles,
functions, and symbolism of the musical instruments depicted in the work of the Berlin Painter.

FREE Lecture: Sanchita Balachandran, CSI (Ceramics Scene Investigation), Ancient Athens: Investigating Greek Potters and Painters
Sept. 23: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Sanchita Balachandran, associate director at the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, discusses the 2,500-year-old enigma of how ancient Greek potters and painters developed the artistically and technologically superior corpus of objects known as red-figure ceramics.

Great Performances: Oracle Hysterical, Hecuba
Sept. 23: 8 p.m.,
Self-described “part band, part book group,” the music ensemble Oracle Hysterical will perform their adaptation of Hecuba, Euripides’ blood-soaked tale of love, loss, murder, revenge, and the Trojan War.

Exhibition Store

Limited Edition Greek-Inspired Glass Vases

Limited Edition Greek-Inspired Glass Vases. Blue vase: $450; Orange vase: $250; Yellow vase, $375.

Find unique Berlin Painter-themed merchandise in the Exhibition Store, including three hand-blown, limited edition glass vases inspired by Greek ceramic vessels and created in the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion Hot Shop by TMA glass artist Alan Iwamura.

Also available: The lavishly illustrated The Berlin Painter and His World exhibition catalog, edited by J. Michael Padgett and featuring nine essays by leading scholars; Greek-made ceramic puzzles; and Greek music.