From March 27 until July 22, the Louvre-Lens Museum in Northern France is presenting an incredibly ambitious exhibition on the most famous poet in history: Homer, author of the Greek masterpieces the Illiad and the Odyssey.
But who was Homer? An ancient Greek poet, blind and wandering? A genius writer whose voice sounds through the centuries? Did he really exist? And, if so, was he the only author of the Illiad and the Odyssey, cultural milestones and the bedrock of Western Culture?
These are the questions that "Homer," the grand exhibition at the Louvre Lens, beginning on March 27, seeks to answer.
Some 300 works were assembled to demonstrate the richness of the Homeric world, a universe as beautiful as it is mysterious, populated with legendary heros like Ulysses, Achilles, Hector, and Penelope. Whether archeological artifact or modern piece, the assemblege works to bring back to life the Pantheon of Greek Gods, the main characters of Homer's poems.
From Antiquity to the Renaissance
From the Ancient world to modern comic books, sculptures, tapestries, films, and animated films recall how these epics were put into images through the eras, as well as how they affected art history from Antiquity to the Renaissance.