Bimbling in Bloomsbury – British Museum

Part of the frieze in the Parthenon Gallery

Part of the frieze in the Parthenon Gallery

The British Museum…

It’s crowded with tourists and the queues for toilets or refreshments can stretch, but there are always quiet corners to find.

There is so much to see and even a spare hour is a worthwhile diversion to view the Lewis Chessmen, Saxon Gold, Lindow Man or mummified cats.

It can be very hot in the summer but I like to sit on the benches in the Parthenon Gallery.

The Parthenon was built as a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. It was the centrepiece of an ambitious building programme on the Acropolis of Athens.

The temple’s great size and lavish use of white marble was intended to show off the city’s power and wealth at the height of its empire.

The frieze represents the people of contemporary Athens in religious procession.

The detail and craft employed in the stonework is incredible. The definition of men and horses’ musculature, the grace of movement and feel of action.

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2 Responses to Bimbling in Bloomsbury – British Museum

  1. beetleypete says:

    Nice stuff indeed Rich. Shame we pinched it from the Greeks, and won’t give it back though! Regards, Pete.

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