When the British Museum opens its blockbuster exhibition of Greek sculpture this spring, curators believe visitors may have one burning question. While the neighbouring Egyptian and Assyrian galleries are filled with fully clothed gods and mortals, the ancient Greeks chose to depict the human body in its natural state. Elgin Marbles: British Museum loan 'an affront' to Greek people.
By Harry Mount for the Daily Mail. Perhaps the most famous Greek sculpture of all, Discobolos, the discus-thrower, shows how athletes competed in the nude. About two-and-a-half thousand years ago, a cultural miracle took place in ancient Greece.
Male nudes are the norm in Greek arteven though historians have stated that ancient Greeks kept their clothes on for the most part. New research suggests that art might have been imitating life more closely than previously thought. Nudity was a costume used by artists to depict various roles of men, ranging from heroicism and status to defeat.
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The history of nudity involves social attitudes to nudity in different cultures in history. It is not known when humans began wearing clothes, although there is some archaeological evidence to indicate that clothing may have become commonplace in human society around 72, years ago. Anthropologists believe that animal skins and vegetation were adapted into coverings as protection from cold, heat and rain, especially as humans migrated to new climates; alternatively, covering may have been invented first for other purposes, such as magic, decoration, cult, or prestige, and later found to be practical as well.
Warning: If you find nudity offensive please skip reading this post. I enjoy annoying people from time to time but, I prefer doing it in person ha ha ha. All of them looked like Barbie the pubic area of every sculpture was smooth with no detail.
Other uses of sea sponges were as padding for helmets, drinking vessels, water filters and contraceptives. From the time the first diver took a deep breath before plunging naked into the deep blue depths of the Aegean Sea, until the present day, various diving techniques have been employed. Greek skin divers with scythe, collecting net and scandalopetra. The other end of the rope was attached to the boat, after taking a deep breath the diver went over the side and with the help of the skandalopetra, quickly reached the sea bed.
Overall, the male nude in Greek sculpture was used to portray the ideal athlete, and was regarded as a powerful and worthy body, whereas the female body was primarily covered and used to portray fertility and motherhood. Where the men embodied strength and hardness, the women were soft and vulnerable. Women were expected to birth children, so their bodies were portrayed as fertile, soft beings in the nude form.