British Museum

While you’re reading this, I’m somewhere in the middle of *** nowhere in La France, enjoying some real nice time off. Off from studying, off from work, off even from wifi — even though I don’t really like that last one (it’s probably a good thing though). But to jump from holiday to holiday, here’s a little photo impression of my trip to London almost two (!) months ago! I went there together with my fellow Ancient History master students for four days, with our most important destination being the British Museum (we spent two entire days there haha). Can you believe I had never been in London (and in the BM) before? Shame on me indeed. Now I wanna go back a.s.a.p. =)

British Museum

The entrance of the BM and its center hall are impressive to say the least. Can you imagine ancient architecture actually looked like this? — Oh no, it didn’t, it was all painted, really kitsch to our modern views haha!

Greek and Roman sculpture

Ah. Let’s go there.

Parthenon sculptures

The Parthenon sculptures (way better put on show in the Acropolis Museum, but okay)

Parthenon frieze central slab

The most interesting central slab of the Parthenon frieze: WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE and what on earth are they doing — read all about it in this fabulous book.

Parthenon pedimental sculptures

Fragments of the pedimental sculptures representing the birth of Athena (itself lost haha). Look at the crazy horse head on the left!

Erechtheion caryatid

The one famous Erechtheion caryatid of the BM, the other five are in Athens (must be lonely).

British Museum

Much less famous, but this pretty, “minimalistic” (compared to earlier ones) woman might be at the heart of my own research. And I want her dress.

British Museum

Pay attention to the small objects (don’t do that all the time, you’ll be exhausted): they can be so cute (the sheep) and funny (the slave with a headache).


Philosophers, all with their own distinct iconography — Socrates in the foreground.

Hope you liked this selection of an art historian’s favorites and beware for London part two!

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  • maart 26, 2016 - 8:55 am | Permalink

    Oh, ik wil daar nog zo graag heen!

  • maart 26, 2016 - 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Jaaa, het British Museum is echt zo’n fijn museum. Er is daar gewoon zoveel te zien!

    • Merel
      april 16, 2016 - 8:35 pm | Permalink

      Ik zou er wel een week rond kunnen dwalen! Ga dat hopelijk ook nog eens een keer doen ;).

  • april 9, 2016 - 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Zo gaaf! Daar wil ik ook nog wel eens heen!

    • Merel
      april 16, 2016 - 8:39 pm | Permalink

      Zeker doen, zo interessant en mooi allemaal! (Plus: gratis!)

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