The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece lasted for around three thousand years in Greek history. Over this long history, the art of ancient Greece had influenced enormously on the culture of western countries.

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The exhibition, “The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece” has opened on October 6 in Portland Art Museum in Oregon presenting 120 priceless objects from the British Museum with 10 sections: The male body beautiful, Aphrodite and the female body, The divine body, Herakles, Superman, Athletes, Birth, marriage, and death, Sex and desire, Outsiders, Character and realism and The human face.


The Human Body in Ancient Greek Art and Thought


According to Portland Art Museum’ official website; “The exhibition features more than 120 priceless objects from the British Museum’s famed collection of Greek and Roman art. Iconic marble and bronze sculptures vessels, funerary objects, and jewelry are among the treasure that explore the human form, some dating back to the second millennium BC.”

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The Oregonian’s review said on October 5, “As the exhibition’s title suggests, these objects—which range from enormous sculptures of deities to utilitarian vessels—focus on the physical body, which was celebrated with unreserved enthusiasm in ancient Greek culture.”


“The body Beautiful in Ancient Greece explores the Greek’s fascination with the human body and humanity which was pervasive I ancient Greek culture. In drama, philosophy, history, scientific medicine, (…) Greek was the first to direct the human mind on its modern quest for self-knowledge,” said Artcentro.

The ideal realism that the ancient Greeks had pursued are regarded to be the most beautiful shape in western art history.

I believe this will be a good opportunity for people to appreciate human forms created by ancient Greek people traveling in time back to Olympia and Acropolis which were the birthplace of art.

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