William Stewart - Ancient Dialogues

Feb 2nd - March 31st

Ancient Greek art has been a reference point and creative influence throughout the centuries. By creatively juxtaposing images of ancient statues with corresponding nudes, William sets up a visual dialogue across millennia - a dialogue that develops its own intriguing dynamics.

Ancient Dialogues operates on a number of intersecting levels. In its first instance, it reminds us of the sensuality and eroticism - albeit usually attributed to goddesses - that was part and parcel of the ancient sculptors' work and which would have been naturally well understood and appreciated in the context of the time. Under the weight of the following centuries dominated by Christian culture - and subsequently in the 18th and 19th centuries dominated by earnest and more scholarly veneration of the human body - the natural adoration and appreciation of the human body was coerced into a straight jacket of serious 'classical art'.

The photos of the nude models artfully and self-consciously pay tribute to the timeless influence of their ancient sisters in stone. The pairings of ancient statues with contemporary nudes in William's work are a vibrant testimony to the ongoing relevance of ancient aesthetic principles for today's world.

Follow the link 'Notes on Ancient Dialogues' for William Stewart's artist statement.

Archival Gicleé prints of all dyptichs are available. For print enquiries contact info(at)albumen-gallery.com

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Aphrodite, from the Acropolis, Athens, 432 BCE. British Museum, London

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Venus torso, Roman copy of Greek original, Louvre Museum, Paris

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Scilla (sea goddess), nymphaeum of theatre, Ostia Antica, Museo Ostiense, Italy

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Eileithyia, 550 BCE. Sparta Archaeological Museum, Greece

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Venus torso, Rome copy of Greek original. Capitoline Museum, Rome

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Head of an Amazon, Roman copy of Greek original, 440 BCE. Capitoline Museum, Rome

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Penthesilea dying in the arms of Achilles, 2-4th Cent, Aphrodisias Museum, Turkey

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“Venus Genetrix”, 1st-2nd Cent., Roman. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Aphrodite, 2nd Cent BCE. Delos Is. Museum, Greece

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Aphrodite, Roman copy of Greek original, 2nd Cent., Cluny Museum, Paris

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“Wounded Amazon”, Roman copy of Greek original. Capitoline Museum, Rome

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Nereid (Eliyãna), Xanthos, Lycia, 4th Cent BCE, British Museum, London

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“Lely Venus”, Roman copy of Greek original. 2nd Cent., British Museum, London

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Aphrodite, 1st Cent., BCE, Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Turkey

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Head, Archaic period. Archaeological Museum, Olympia, Greece

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Aphrodite torso, Hellenistic period, Greece. Private Collection

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Esquiline Venus”, 2nd Cent., Capitoline Museum, Rome

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Crouching Venus, Roman copy of Greek original, 2nd Cent., Picasso Museum, Malaga

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Aphrodite statuette, Archaeological  Museum, Athens

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Venus, 2nd Cent., Italy. Museo Arqueológico de Sevilla, Spain.

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Cornelia Antonia, 2nd Cent., Antioch, Istanbul Archeological Museum, Istanbul

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