Exhibition / 21 Sep 2021 - 14 Aug 2022
Helen and Achilles are central characters to the story of the Trojan War.
The young Greek queen Helen is the most beautiful woman in the
world, whose abduction by the Trojan prince Paris triggers the ten year war,
while the short but glorious life of Achilles is the tale of one of the
greatest Greek heroes. Offering representations of what it means to be a man
and woman, debated from antiquity up to the modern day, each are fascinating
and complex figures in their own ways.
Following on from the major bp exhibition Troy: myth and reality,
key objects from the exhibition will be accessible to audiences around the UK
as part of the British Museum's National Programmes. Focusing on significant
moments from the lives of Helen and Achilles through the themes of beauty and
heroism, these objects will tour to Reading, Surrey and Dundee between September
2021 and August 2022.
The Spotlight Loan features an Etruscan urn, which has never been
on loan before, portraying Helen's abduction by the Trojan prince Paris, while
an Athenian amphora shows the brutal side of Achilles. Specially created 3D
scans will provide close access to the objects – a first for the Museum's
touring programme. These ancient objects are supplemented with
artworks by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882) and Pietro Testa (1612–1650).
The touring show will convey key moments in
the story of the Trojan War that define the lives and character of these two
figures, as interpreted by ancient and modern artists.
Supported by the Dorset Foundation in memory
of Harry M Weinrebe.