The Body Beautiful
in Ancient Greece
5 May 2013 – 6 October 2013
- Ian Jenkins
- Victoria Turner
Recommend this exhibition
The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece is a major international touring exhibition which features treasures from the British Museum's rich Greek and Roman collection.
Over two millennia, the ancient Greeks experimented with the representation of the human body in works that range from abstract simplicity to the realism of the age of Alexander the Great. By exploring ideas of representation, this international touring exhibition shares with new audiences artworks that have shaped the way that we think about and look at ourselves.
The portrayal of human character is explained, along with sexual and social identity. In athletics the male body was displayed as if it were a living sculpture, and victors were commemorated by actual statues. In art, not only were mortal men and women represented, but also the gods and other beings of myth and the supernatural world. They were either conceived in the image of humankind or in monstrous combinations of human and animal form.
The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece includes a 1:200 scale model reproduction of Olympia and its many buildings as it would have looked around 100 BC. Also included is one of the highlights of the British Museum’s collection which had never been loaned before this tour: the Discobolus, the celebrated representation of a discus thrower.