Dancing Faun (Pan), ca. 125–100 BC, bronze and silver, lent by The National Archeological Museum, Naples (MANN),/Photo: courtesy The National Gallery of Art

“Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World,” now at Washington’s National Gallery of Art, takes us on a fascinating journey to a world of two thousand years ago: the Hellenistic era, which dates roughly from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. to Rome’s conquest in 30 B.C. of Ptolemaic Egypt, the last remaining “successor kingdom” founded by Alexander’s generals. This is a chance to see so many important, and beautiful ...