Goddess face

The officious guards did not stop me taking photographs, only taking good ones. I held my camera furtively at waist height, and stood at angles where the guards I had observed could not see. But I want a record of this exhibition, which included a Hermaphroditus and some very feminine Dionysuses.

Some of these are Roman copies of Greek originals, some are modern copies, such as Athena:

Goddess Athene

Venus 1Venus 2

See how the light on one statue looks so different from different sides.

Goddess washing

You can see the discus thrower’s technique in the snap of his hips:

The discus thrower

A teacher commented on the vases depicting the Labours of Hercules: “See the blood spouting from his neck”. “How to engage teenage boys,” I commented, and she laughed.

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