The ancient Assyrian, Babylonian, Phoenician and Persian empires shared with Alexander the Great the covetous aim of extending their power beyond their own borders. These empires occupied an area between today’s Spain and India and formed an axis of communication and a necessary area of transit between the Mediterranean world and Asia.
This has left us reliable evidence of the exceptional quality and refinement of the luxuries acquired by elites over hundreds of years. Now, through more than 200 objects from the British Museum, the exhibition Luxury. From Assyrians to Alexander the Great explores the idea of luxury at a moment in history -from 900 to 300 BC, an unprecedented period in the creation of sumptuous objects- when opulence defined the economic and political power of these ancient empires.
The exhibition opens for the first time in at Europe CaixaForum Barcelona thanks to the cooperation agreement established between ”la Caixa” and the British Museum.
Luxury. From Assyrians to Alexander the Great. Place: CaixaForum Barcelona (Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8). Dates: From 5 April to 11 August 2019.
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