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Hermitage Museum Curator To Speak At U.Va. Dec. 12

November 25, 2002-- Alexander Kruglov, curator of sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, will present a lecture at the University of Virginia titled, “Classical Fountain Sculpture from North American Collections.” The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 160.

Drawing on recent research while a fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Kruglov will discuss iconography found on Greek and Roman fountain statues. His lecture will draw from his research of private and public collections in North America, including those at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in California, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Kruglov’s lecture will address both the poetic and the historic value of fountain sculpture and antiquities. The early Hellenistic era influenced the creation of court pleasure devices such as fountains, and the abundant water supply from late Hellenistic to Roman times made the decorative use of water possible. Existing sculptural pieces were adapted for use as fountain figures or multi-figured groups.

A reception will follow at the University of Virginia Art Museum. Parking will be available behind the museum and in the Culbreth Theatre lot.

The museum is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. For details, contact Mike Alexander at (434) 243.8874 or malexander@virginia.edu.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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