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Countless aspects of Beauty at the National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum (NAM) presents “The Countless Aspects of Beauty“, a new temporary exhibition which opened its doors in late May 2018 and runs until spring 2019, showcasing the constant search for and the aesthetic depiction of beauty in manmade creations since antiquity.

The new exhibition of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, titled “The Countless Aspects of Beauty”, which will be open to the public until late May 2019, is divided into four different themes that include ‘Eternal aesthetics’, ‘The beautiful and the desirable’, ‘Focusing on the Body’ and ‘The endless quest’.

With almost 350 artefacts on display, including digital media and several other exhibits, each section of the exhibition seeks to explore man’s eternal quest for beauty and his need to surround himself with beautiful objects, from everyday cooking utensils to jewelry, perfume and other finery. Moreover, this new exhibition invites visitors to better understand the spiritual basis of beauty as well as aesthetic trends as they evolved from Neolithic times to late antiquity and in many cases are still as relevant today.

Among the highlights of the exhibition are a bronze portrait head from Delos (early 1st century BC), a clay figurine of ‘Thinker’ from Karditsa, Thessaly (late Neolithic period, 4.500-3.300BC), a marble statue of Aphrodite of the Syracuse type from Baiae in South Italy (2nd century AD) and a scent from antiquity, titled Aphrodite’s Rose.

Working from information recorded by Theophrastus, the father of botany, as well as ancient Greek pharmacist Dioskourides, the museum in partnership with Greek cosmetics company Korres worked to recreate the goddess’ perfume and aromas following ancient Greek techniques and drawing inspiration from the rich natural aromas of ancient Greece, namely rose, coriander and sage. The result is simply remarkable offering visitors a unique sensory experience with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, as its centerpiece.

“The Countless Aspects of Beauty” is the third and last exhibition of a fascinating trilogy aiming to showcase the museum’s vast and impressive collections on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. The trilogy started in 2015 with the opening of the temporary exhibition «”A dream among splendid ruins…”. Strolling through the Athens of Travelers, 17th-19th century» and continued with «Odysseys» that finished in March 2018.

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Photo © National Archaeological Museum / Archaeological Receipts Fund; photographer Stelios Skourlis


Countless aspects of Beauty at the National Archaeological Museum

26/05/2018 - 25/05/2019

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Date: runs until May 2019¦ Location: Athens ¦ Venue: National and Archaeological Museum – 44 Patission Street, 106 82, Athens ¦ Opening hours (summer schedule until 31/10): Mondays from 1 pm to 8 pm, Tuesday to Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm¦ More info:

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