Jacques-Louis David, Erasistratus Discovers the Cause of Antiochus' Disease, 1774, Oil on canvas. École des Beaux-Arts, Paris (PRP 18). Photo courtesy American Federation of Arts.
Jacques-Louis David, Erasistratus Discovers the Cause of Antiochus' Disease, 1774, Oil on canvas. École des Beaux-Arts, Paris (PRP 18). Photo courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Mythos Challenge

At the Museum this summer, and you’ll see more than just great art. Also on view will be digital stories, games, and apps created by local youth! Yours could be one of them.

From January to June 2015, youth are invited to create digital interactive stories, games, and mobile apps inspired by mythology, oral histories, world traditions and the Museum’s upcoming special exhibition Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Winning entries will be eligible for cash prizes totaling $5000.

This project is a co-creation of local youth and industry experts from across the science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics fields.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MYTHOS CHALLENGE

Gods and Heroes

Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris

JUN 13 – SEP 13, 2015

This rich overview of masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts—the original school of fine arts in Paris and a repository for work by Europe’s most renowned artists since the seventeenth century—will include approximately 140 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper dating from antiquity through the nineteenth century.

The exhibition will focus on epic themes such as courage, sacrifice, and death, as well as the ways that changing political and philosophical systems affected the choice and execution of these subjects. Among the featured works will be paintings by Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Anne-Louis Girodet, and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres; sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Jean-Antoine Houdon, and François Rude; and drawings by Simon Vouet, Antoine-Jean Gros, and Théodore Géricault.

Gods and Heroes will offer unique insight into the development of an aesthetic ideology that fostered some of western art’s most magnificent achievements. The epic deeds of gods and heroes, enshrined in the Bible and the works of Homer, were the primary narratives from which both aspiring and established academicians drew their inspiration. At the École, learning how to construct persuasive and powerful paintings from carefully delineated anatomy, expressive faces, and convincing architectural and landscape settings was understood to be the route to success and recognition. The ideology was rooted in the study of the idealized human form as envisioned in classical art. The exhibition will feature extraordinary works that served as models for the students, including ancient sculpture, a drawing by Raphael, and prints by Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated exhibition catalogue with a major essay by Guest Curator Emmanuel Schwartz, Conservateur du patrimoine/Research Curator at the École des Beaux-Arts, as well as several other major contributions.

Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and host curated by Dawson Carr, Ph.D., The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art.

This exhibition is generously supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities, the JFM Foundation, and Mrs. Donald M. Cox. Funding for the catalogue is provided by the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane and Christie’s.

Sponsors:

PRESENTING SPONSOR: Gifts in Memory of Richard Geary and The Geary Foundation. LEAD SPONSOR: Laura S. Meier; Nani S. Warren / The Swigert Warren Foundation. SPONSORS: Clark Foundation; Robert Lehman Foundation. SUPPORTERS: Eduardo A. Vides, M.D. and Bruce Guenther.

Supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. The exhibition tour is generously supported by the JFM Foundation and Mrs. Donald M. Cox. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane and Christie’s.