Works of art from the British Museum come to Mexico

The exhibition “Body and Beauty in Ancient Greece” brings together 131 works of Greek and Roman art of the sixth century BC to the second century A.D. from the British Museum of London.

These magnificent works, reflecting the classical concept of pure beauty of ancient Greece, remain on display from November 10, 2011 to February 12, 2012 in the Temporary Exhibition Room of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.

The exhibition arrived in Mexico with the Great Civilizations Series, organized by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), and in return for the exhibition, Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler, who presented 107 works Hispanic will be at the British Museum in London England, from September 2009 to January 2010.

Bodies of mortals, gods, heroes, centaurs and mermaids; made ​​of bronze, marble and terracotta with pieces of pottery decorated with multiple representations of the human body, coins and a commemorative medal of the first Olympic Games, discovered in Athens in 1896, with the chiseled face of the god Zeus, make up this exhibition.

The pieces from the exhibit “Body and Beauty in Ancient Greece” are divided into ten themes:

The beautiful male body;
Aphrodite and the female body;
The divine body; 
Hercules: Superman;
Birth, marriage and death;
Sex and desire;
Monsters and fantastic creatures;
Character and realism; 
and the human face.

The Discus Thrower by Myron

The museum tour begins with the stellar piece of the exhibition: the Discus Thrower, a marble statue of the second century AD, a copy of the original Discobolus of Myron which was made ​​of bronze by the Greek sculptor Myron in the mid fifth century BC depicting a naked athlete, elegant and eternally young, captured in the moment before releasing the disc.

Discovered in 1790 in the villa of Emperor Hadrian in Tivoli, Italy, since 1805 it has formed part of the collections of the British Museum.

It measures 1.70 meters high and, according to the curator, his limbs and torso are arranged according to the Greek concepts of balance and rhythm.
Direction, cost and schedule:

National Museum of Anthropology: Reform and Gandhi. Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City.

Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.. Cost: $51 pesos.

Sunday admission is free for nationals and foreign residents.

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