PLAQUE DEPICTING A VULTURE ATTACKING A GOAT, SCYTHIA (SIBERIA, RUSSIA), 4TH ­ 3RD CENTURY BCE, GOLD, © THE STATE HERMITAGE, ST PETERSBURG 2012 – TAASA Review December 2012

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In 2010, I was privileged to travel overseas to see this exhibition at the Hermitage, Amsterdam, where it was again on show.

Here the Dutch, together with the Russians, had produced a beautiful fine art exhibition, exquisitely displayed over 2000 square metres on two floors ­ large by anyone’s calculations! It was called The Immortal Alexander the Great: The Myth, The Reality, His Journey, His Legacy and the majority of the works fell into the last section ­ Alexander’s legacy. Very fortunately we are bringing out the majority of this exhibition to Australia ­ over 400 objects.

Some objects, such as the black basalt statue of Cleopatra VII (dated 5130BCE) and the 3rd century BCE Gonzaga cameo portrait of Ptolemy II Philadelphus and Arsinoe II Alexandria, are signature pieces of the State Hermitage which people from all over the world travel to see. The exhibition in Amsterdam was displayed with minimalist interpretation ­ using short text and an interactive map – while the objects were presented in a series of fine art displays...