The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece
Marble sphinx, from Monte Cagnolo outside Laruium, near Rome, Italy. Roman c. AD 120–140. © The Trustees of the British Museum
Marble head from a statue of Herakles. Roman period, AD 117-118, from the villa of the emperor Hadrian at Tivoli, Italy. © The Trustees of the British Museum
Black-figured neck-amphora, Herakles fights the sea-monster Triton (detail). Greek, 520-510 BC, from Vulci, Italy. © The Trustees of the British Museum

The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece

Dates: 2 Aug 2014 - 9 Nov 2014

Address: Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550

Phone: 03 5434 6100  


The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece is a visually stunning and thought-provoking exploration of the human condition seen through ancient Greek eyes; with a particular focus on the human form. For over 2,000 years the Greeks experimented with representing the human body in works that range from prehistoric abstract simplicity to the full-blown realism of the age of Alexander the Great.

The ancient Greeks invented the modern idea of the human body in art as an object of sensory delight and as an expression of the intelligent mind. Greek craftsmen gave form to thought in a rich harvest of artworks through which the human condition was explored and interpreted. By exploring this idea of representation, the exhibition invites visitors to engage with artworks that have shaped the way we think about ourselves. Selected from the British Museum's world-famous Greek and Roman collection, this major international touring exhibition will give audiences the rare opportunity to see over 100 historical works including the impressive Discobolus; an iconic marble statue of a discus thrower from the second century AD.

The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece is presented by the British Museum and Bendigo Art Gallery in collaboration and is the third exclusive exhibition in the Bendigo International Collection series to be staged at Bendigo Art Gallery. This is an Australian exclusive, the collection will not be shown anywhere else in Australia and will be going back to London after Bendigo, its final stop of the tour.

Content: City of Greater Bendigo


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