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Seduction and power

Artwork from 'Age of Bronze' will be on display at The Bristol Gallery from Tuesday 21 September to Sunday 26 September 2010

Artwork from 'Age of Bronze' will be on display at The Bristol Gallery from Tuesday 21 September to Sunday 26 September 2010 © Eric Shanower

Press release issued: 20 September 2010

Artwork from Age of Bronze, Eric Shanower’s graphic novel series about the Trojan War, goes on display at The Bristol Gallery this week to coincide with an international conference on antiquity in the visual and performing arts at the University of Bristol.

Eric Shanower will give a free public lecture about his work at the gallery on Saturday 25 September at 11am entitled Trojan Lovers and Warriors: The Power of Seduction in Age of Bronze.  In this talk, he will explore how sex and power underpin the entire story of the Trojan War, and how these themes weave together to create the epic we know today.

Age of Bronze presents the complete story of the world-famous War at Troy, freshly retold for the 21st century.  Its primary sources begin with Homer's Iliad, and include the three major tragedians Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles, as well as other Greek and Roman works such as Vergil’s Aeneid, and Medieval and Renaissance European sources, such as Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida.  From Schliemann to current research, the art of Age of Bronze further incorporates archaeological excavations of the places where the story took place: Mycenae, Knossos, and Pylos and especially Troy itself.

The exhibition is held in conjunction with IMAGINES II Seduction and Power, the second in a series of major international conferences exploring the impact in post-classical imagery of the tensions and relations of gender, sexuality, eroticism and power attributed to historical or legendary characters and events of the Ancient World.

Dr Silke Knippschild, a lecturer in Bristol’s Department of Classics and Ancient History, and the conference organiser said: “IMAGINES is an interdisciplinary project addressing Classical Reception in film, theatre, dance, opera, sculpture, architecture, painting, comic, design and photography.  It demonstrates the influence of the reception of antiquity on a specific manifestation of culture and shows how this shapes culture as such, ranging from post-classical traditional art disciplines to contemporary popular cultural expressions.”

The exhibition, Eric Shanower ~ The Age of Bronze runs from Tuesday 21 September to Sunday 26 September at The Bristol Gallery, Millennium Promenade, Harbourside, Bristol.

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