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. The exhibition features over 100 artworks spanning 4 millennia, including 10 pieces of free-standing sculpture, the most famous of which is the celebrated marble statue of Discobolus (the discus-thrower), one of the highlights of the British Museum’s collection, which has never been on loan before this tour.
When: 02 August - 09 November 2014
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery
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