The human fascination with and appreciation of horses dates back
millennia, as witnessed by their appearance in cave art in France
reported to be 30,000 years old.
It is no surprise, then, that horses figure prominently on ancient
coinage, in various imagery across the Greek realm and during several centuries.
Ute Wartenberg Kagan, executive director of the American Numismatic
Society, will present a program about the topic during an April 7
symposium at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond.
The symposium titled “The Horse in Ancient Greek Art” is scheduled
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the museum’s Leslie Cheek Theater.
“Horses hooved and winged, chariots, centaurs, and satyrs — the
ancient Greeks were mad for horses,” the museum said. “This symposium
features contributors to The Horse in Ancient Greek Art catalogue and
explores equestrian art and culture in ancient Greece, from the social
prestige of owning and racing horses and chariots to the fabulous
stories and myths the Greeks told about these creatures.”
Museum admission is free, and the museum is open 365 days each year.
The symposium schedule includes a visit to a complementary exhibit
on the same topic.
The exhibit opened Feb. 17 and closes July 8.
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A catalog of 80 items from the exhibit is available from the museum
store for $30 plus shipping and handling.
For full details of the symposium, exhibit and book, visit the
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