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The Ancient is the Modern (Altar)

Kathryn Hanna

The Ancient is the Modern (Altar)

Kathryn Hanna





Dimensions (cm)

Height: 35
Length: 100
Depth: 60


Armagh Marble, Gold leaf, Birch Plywood, Red Pine

Current Location


Suitable Locations for the Work

  • Indoors
  • Floor-based
  • Freestanding
  • On a plinth
  • In a case

About the Artwork

This artwork features an adapted quote from Agesilaus II, King of Sparta, his original quote read: 'It is not the places which grace men, but men the places'.

Background, history, commissioner of the work

Originally created for the Artist's Degree show at Glasgow School of Art in 2017 entitled 'The Ancient is the Modern' and has since been exhibited at 'Materialism', the MacLaurin Art Gallery in 2018.

Thematic/contextual information

This artwork installation was influenced by the writings of French Archaeologist and Theologian André Parrot. He was the Director of the Louvre Museum from 1968 to 1972 and was noted for discovering the ancient Mesopotamian city of Mari. The artwork draws influence from historical drawings of the Temple of Solomon and the Temple of Taïnat, combining a conceptual framework, physical form and an exploration of language, which illuminates the similarities between the ancient and the modern. Evidenced in the creation of a feedback loop that exists from the past to the present.

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