Image: 'Athena tires of her shield and spear'
© Marion Maguire
In this new series of beautiful, large-scale and prints, New Zealand artist Marian Maguire imagines how the passing millenia might have affected the traditional roles of the ancient Greek goddesses.
Assuming the Greek gods are immortal and therefore have a continued presence, Maguire wonders: would they do things differently? Would they stay the same and maintain the status quo or would they choose to change, if they could see us now? Would they stay, or would they walk away?
The exhibition features five colour lithographs and one etching, all on display together amongst the casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology's Cast Gallery. Maguire has borrowed from ancient Greek vase painting and statuary to make these works, but none of the figures are exact copies. Some are adapted from existing representations; others are inventions, freshly drawn in ancient style.
The Cast Gallery is open 10am-5pm (Tuesday to Friday) and 10am-1pm (Saturdays during University Term Time).