Carthage Military Leader Inspiration for "Hannibal" Exhibit

Feb 10, 2014

“Hannibal” is the new exhibit on display in the Lied Art Gallery at Creighton University.

Littleton Alston, Courtesy of Creighton University

The exhibition opened last weekend and features six large-scale representational sculptures inspired by artist Littleton Alston’s residency in Umbria, Italy.

Alston, Creighton sculpture professor, says while he was there, he made sketches inspired by the story of Hannibal Barca, the historical Carthaginian military commander. 

Alston says he’s happy to bring Hannibal and his story to viewers.  He says that particular time period is somewhat overlooked and trivialized.

"So we end up with popular language such as “Hannibal Lecter” in films and Hannibal has been sort of demonized.  In reality, he’s a fascinating person and people who study military history will duly note that.  I think he was really brilliant in a lot of regards.  So I speak to a lot of things which I connect with but also a sense of interest and curiosity about him.”

“Hannibal” is on display through the end of February.  The gallery is open daily from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at no charge.