Thursday, June 5, 2014

Take Time for Beauty

This exciting bronze from about 140 BC was one of many treats in the excellent National Archeological Museum in Athens.  (Clicking on the picture enlarges it.  You might be able to see the troubled look on the jockey's face.  Was the horse going too fast?)
I have other pictures of many strikingly beautiful statues but they don't have any clothes on.  I was intrigued that only those from the earliest stage of Greek sculpture were smiling.  I was also impressed that as early as 7,000 BC those who made pots and skillets took time to add some lovely decorations to them.  Presumably these were people who were barely getting by, yet they took time to make things beautiful. 
This museum was the highlight of my time in Athens.  Beauty will save the world.

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