New York.- By Catherine Tsounis
“The Countless Aspects of Beauty” at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens shows beauty in history. A chronological display of ancient artifacts from Neolithic to late antiquity was shown. Digital applications made it understandable to the modern tourist.
I saw the first two parts of this Trilogy that included “A dream among splendid ruins..” and “Strolling through Athens of Travelers, 17th-19th century”. The Greek nation must be commended in presenting an excellent 2018 exhibition in a time of economic crisis. “Eternal aesthetics” showed beauty objects. “The beautiful and the desirable” clothing, hairstyles shown in Greek mythology and archaeological finds. “Focusing on the Body” shows the human body’s beauty through the ages. “The endless quest” shows the significance of beauty to mankind. Perfumes of ancient times were created with the Korres company. Retired guides Erica Haralambithou and Doris Christopoulou mentioned the significance of the recreation of ancient perfumes.
“From Differences results the most beautiful harmony” – Heraclitus (535-475 B.C.). the opening Eternal Aesthetics showed objects of daily use. “Beauty is a universal human need, which will never cease to seek its expression in imaginative ways.”1An ivory cylinder intricately decorated with shapes, about 15th century B.C., probably contained cosmetic materials and jewelry. Ancient societies had beautification kits, elaborate garments, fashionable jewels, spectacular hairstyles, perfumes and ointments. Aphrodite’s commands of the beautiful played a role in society. A marble clothing from Despoina statue of Lykosoura, Arcadia, 2nd century B.C., has details of mythical figures and animals. Male bodies showed the concept of athletic beauty, with divine features embodying the aesthetic ideal of nude male body. The statue of Asclepius from Delos (1st century B.C.) and bronze Athlete statue (330 B.C.), found in the Marathon Sea are shown.
The final exhibit on “The world of Mycenaean Perfumes” can be traced back in he history of mankind. Linear B tablets (Mycenaean Greek writing, the earliest form of Greek) gives valuable information about olive oil based perfumes in fluid or thick liquid form, scented with plants and herbs. The process included boiling. The perfumes presented for the first time to the public have been manufactured following the ancient boiling process, based on the ingredients listed on the linear B tablets. An amazing exhibit that will run till 2019.
- “Eternal Aesthetics”, The Countless Aspects of Beauty, National Archaeological Museum of Athens .
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