Thursday, May 20, 2004

Art exhibit focuses on Grecian childhood

By Marilyn Bauer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Whether you find the Brad Pitt version of the sacking of Troy to be child's play or historically accurate, you may want to stop in at the Cincinnati Art Museum to see Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past.

Billed as the first traveling exhibition to focus on ancient Grecian childhood, the show is curated by the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. It features more than 120 vases, figurines, toys, baby feeders and gravestones.

"(They) tell the story of a child's journey to adulthood through the eyes of an adolescent," says Glenn Markoe, the Cincinnati museum's curator of classical and ancient art. "The story is a rich and fascinating one, covering all aspects of a child's development - from birth and early nurturing, through play and education, to the critical transition to adulthood."

The show runs Tuesday through Aug. 1, as a lead-in to the Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Admission is free. Information: 721-ARTS

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