The British Museum’s new blockbuster show, entitled “Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art,” includes a variety of breathtaking in accuracy and realism works of art that will urge visitors to follow a visually awe-inspiring and thought-provoking exploration of the human body.
The exhibition, sponsored by Julius Bär, is now open through July 5, featuring around 150 astonishing historical treasures in an effort to examine notions of ideal beauty as rendered in marble statues, bronzes, terracottas and vases.
From the abstract simplicity of prehistoric figurines to the mind-blowing realism of the age of Alexander the Great, all masterpieces inside Room 30 of the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery will “narrate” an impressive story about the Greek obsession with physical perfection, an obvious parallel with people’s desire to look beautiful.
British Museum visitors will have the opportunity to admire sublime creations, among which are Parthenon sculptures made by Phidias, the Belvedere Torso nude male statue from the Vatican Museums, Michelangelo’s Adam drawing for the Sistine Chapel, the Roman copy of Discobolus by Myron, and Georg Roemer’s reconstruction of the bronze Doryphoros, or “Spear-bearer,” of Polykleitos of Argos.
“Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art”
Now open – until 5 July 2015
Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery (Room 30)
The British Museum
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG