Classic profiles

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Jul 07 2019

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Category: Europe, Greece

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It catches the eye, that big head against a rock in the river. I don’t know why it was placed there, but it takes our thoughts back to the arts of Greek antiquity. And that’s always gratifying.

The face in profile reminds me of a sculpture I had seen a few days before in the National Museum in Athens. The slightly bent face in profile on a gravestone from the fifth century BC. A marvel of classical, noble beauty.

Stele from grave, 425 BC, Attica, National Museum Athens 2013

It’s as Estelle Hurll wrote in 1901 in her book Greek Sculpture: “The faultless regularity of the Greek profile has passed in history as the accepted standard of human beauty. The straight continuous line of brow and nose, the well moulded chin, the full lip, the small ear, satisfy perfectly our aesthetic ideals.”

Photo of the week: Livadia, Greece 2013

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