Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art

Art, Sculpture
 (: Apoxyomenos. Bronze, Hellenistic or Roman replica after a bronze original from the second quarter or the end of the 4th century BC. © Tourism Board of Mali Losinj)
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: Apoxyomenos. Bronze, Hellenistic or Roman replica after a bronze original from the second quarter or the end of the 4th century BC. © Tourism Board of Mali Losinj
 (Detail of head of Apoxyomenos. Bronze, Hellenistic or Roman replica after a bronze original from the second quarter or the end of the 4th century BC. © Tourism Board of Mali Losinj)
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Detail of head of Apoxyomenos. Bronze, Hellenistic or Roman replica after a bronze original from the second quarter or the end of the 4th century BC. © Tourism Board of Mali Losinj
 (Marble statue of a naked Aphrodite crouching at her bath, also known as Lely’s Venus. Roman copy of a Greek original, 2nd century AD. Lent by Her Majesty the Queen)
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Marble statue of a naked Aphrodite crouching at her bath, also known as Lely’s Venus. Roman copy of a Greek original, 2nd century AD. Lent by Her Majesty the Queen
 (: Ilissos. Marble statue from the West pediment of the Parthenon. Designed by Phidias, Athens, Greece, 438BC-432BC. © The Trustees of the British Museum.)
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: Ilissos. Marble statue from the West pediment of the Parthenon. Designed by Phidias, Athens, Greece, 438BC-432BC. © The Trustees of the British Museum.
 (Belvedere Torso, 1st century BC. Vatican, Museo, Pio-Clementino. © 2015. Photo Scala, Florence)
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Belvedere Torso, 1st century BC. Vatican, Museo, Pio-Clementino. © 2015. Photo Scala, Florence
 (Pottery: black-figured amphora: the death of Priam. Greek, 550BC-540BC (circa). Vulci, Lazio, Italy. © The Trustees of the British Museum)
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Pottery: black-figured amphora: the death of Priam. Greek, 550BC-540BC (circa). Vulci, Lazio, Italy. © The Trustees of the British Museum
 (Marble statuette of Socrates. A Hellenistic original of the 2nd century BC, or a Roman copy, Alexandria, Egypt. © The Trustees of the British Museum)
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Marble statuette of Socrates. A Hellenistic original of the 2nd century BC, or a Roman copy, Alexandria, Egypt. © The Trustees of the British Museum
 (The bronze statuette of Ajax. Greece, 720BC-700BC. © The Trustees of the British Museum)
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The bronze statuette of Ajax. Greece, 720BC-700BC. © The Trustees of the British Museum
 (A figure of a naked man, possibly Dionysos. Marble statue from the East pediment of the Parthenon. © The Trustees of the British Museum.)
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A figure of a naked man, possibly Dionysos. Marble statue from the East pediment of the Parthenon. © The Trustees of the British Museum.
 (Westmacott Youth - Roman copy from 1st century AD of a lost Greek original of about 430 BC. © The trustees of the British Museum)
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Westmacott Youth - Roman copy from 1st century AD of a lost Greek original of about 430 BC. © The trustees of the British Museum

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An exploration of the beauty and ideals of Ancient Greek art

The Ancient Greeks were a force to be reckoned with when it came to their creative vision of the human form. Featuring exquisite works from the British Museum’s world-renowned collection along with international loans, breathtaking marble and bronze sculptures will celebrate the figure in all its – nude – glory. Highlights include a bronze athlete recently discovered in Croatia as well as the exceptional works by three of the greatest Ancient Greek sculptors Myron, Polykleitos and Phidias.

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