Defining beauty
the body in ancient Greek art

26 March – 5 July 2015

Sponsored by

Julius Baer logo

Additional support
In memory of Melvin R Seiden
Mrs Jayne Wrightsman, OBE

This exhibition
is now closed


Sponsored by

Julius Baer logo

Additional support
In memory of Melvin R Seiden
Mrs Jayne Wrightsman, OBE

This exhibition is now closed

Live tour with Dan Snow: discover the naked truth behind Greek art

Watch an exciting new live broadcast!

On Thursday 28 May, the British Museum presented a unique broadcast from its acclaimed exhibition Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art, live on Twitter.

Using just the hugely popular Periscope app and a smartphone, historian and broadcaster Dan Snow and curator Ian Jenkins presented an after-hours guided tour of the exhibition. This was one of the first uses of Periscope by a museum anywhere in the world, and provided an intimate view of masterpieces in the exhibition. Viewers asked questions live throughout, and the broadcast was followed by a Q&A session.

Dan Snow
Inside the exhibition

How to watch

The live broadcast took place at 18.30 BST on Thursday 28 May 2015.

You can view a recording of it here:

 

How we filmed it

  • We decided to shoot in landscape to fit a lot more into the frame. The exhibition was designed to put these incredible sculptures in conversation with one another, so we agreed that landscape was the best way to capture this.
  • We shot this Periscope on a smartphone's HD camera. We customised it with a basic universal wide-angle lens that clipped straight onto the phone. We mounted our smartphone to a handheld Lanparte gimble which smoothed out the camera movement.
  • To capture audio we connected a Sennheiser wireless lavalier mic with the iRig XLR to minijack adapter (which meant we were unable to monitor sound while broadcasting). When we got to the Q&A part of the broadcast we swapped to a boom mic to capture the conversation between Dan and Ian.

More about Periscope

Periscope is an app from Twitter which streams video direct from a smartphone to a global audience online. Released in March 2015, the app has already been downloaded millions of times.

Read the press release