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

Highlight objects

  • Red-figured amphora.
    Athens, 510–500 BC.

  • Marble statue of discus-thrower by Myron.
    Roman copy of a bronze Greek original of the 5th century BC.

  • Bronze figure of a running girl.
    Probably made in Laconia, 6th century BC.

  • The Belvedere Torso.
    1st century BC marble copy of a Greek bronze original. Vatican Museums, Vatican City.
    © 2015 Photo Scala, Florence.

  • Michelangelo (1475–1564), Study for Adam for the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
    Drawing in red chalk, c. 1510–1511.

  • Marble figure of a river god from the west pediment of the Parthenon,
    c. 438–432 BC.

  • Bronze figure of Zeus.
    Probably from Hungary, 1st–2nd century AD.

  • Marble statue of an athlete know as the Westmacott Youth.
    Roman copy of a Greek original of c. 430 BC.

  • Marble figurine of a women.
    Cyclades, c. 2600–2400 BC.

  • Marble sphinx.
    From Monte Cagnolo, near Rome, c. AD 120–140.

  • Bronze head, possibly of Sophocles.
    From Smyrna (lzmir), 2nd century BC.

  • Marble statue of Aphrodite.
    Roman, 2nd century AD. Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015.