I haven’t been to an exhibition for ages so, when Mirinda said she’d be working from home today, I immediately booked myself into the British Museum to see Defining Beauty.
The exhibition takes a lot of Greek statues and puts them in context, showing the development of how ancient civilisation saw the human body. A lot of the pieces come from the museum (though there are some pieces from further afield).
Of course, no photographs are allowed in the exhibition which is seemingly ridiculous, given most of the pieces are from the British Museum and are normally free to snap at, when they’re all crowded together they’re not. Not only ridiculous, it’s also annoying though it’s something I’m getting used to.
So, while I couldn’t take photos in the exhibition, I could take this of the Great Court.
The exhibition was wonderful. The Greeks certainly knew a thing or two about physical beauty…or maybe they’ve influenced us in our appreciation of Art. Given they were loved by the Romans and then their style was revived in the Renaissance, I guess we’re just surrounded by it.
One of the funnier examples of the Roman love of Greek sculpture is the image below. Wealthy Romans, when they couldn’t buy actual Greek carvings, would commission artists to sculpt copies with their own heads on them. This woman’s head really doesn’t match the statue. I hope she liked it though it probably looked quite odd in her garden.
While the exhibition wasn’t crowded, because I went for the 11am time slot, there were quite a few people wandering around with me. Oddly they were all around my age (and older) which is probably not that surprising given it was a Wednesday morning. It might also be because kids wouldn’t be that interested.
Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed it (apart from the photo ban) and bought the book of the exhibition to lug home. The Museums really produce beautiful books.
By the way, the statue of Aphrodite on the cover belongs to the Queen and is on loan to the Museum (I’ve photographed it before because it’s so beautiful). I wonder how the Queen came to own it?
On the way out of the Museum, I spotted this little chap. He is an Egyptian god called Bes. He was known as the Good God because he protected humans from all manner of evil things. He also helped women through childbirth and then protected the children.
He’s a mischevievous looking little fellow. I reckon we need one in the garden.
I was back home by 3:30 to find that Mirinda’s new iPhone 6 had arrived, ready for my attentions. It took me until 2:30am to have it running and restored. Bloody Apple!