Today we visited the Foundling Museum for the first part of our class tour with Andrew (read here). For the second half of our class tour, we walked through Bedford Square to head towards the British Museum, one of the top 3 “must-see” museums on my to-do list for London.
The museum is quite large, so we only had enough time to visit the Classical section before we were asked to leave – however I was completely, 100% happy with that, because as a Classics major I felt inspired by all the art and sculpture displays! I definitely plan on coming back, and will hopefully come up with a thesis idea then too.
The first of the Classical displays were mainly sculptures of the gods and other famous figures in Greek and Roman mythology. The figure that everyone sees right at the entrance was the bust of Zeus – fitting to have the god of all gods welcoming you to the exhibit! Here are several other photos of the other classical busts in the display:
The next part of the display showcased the famous Greek vases – a topic I am very much interested in for a possible thesis idea. One of my favorite pieces of pottery was the vase of the Greek poet homer: a black-figure ceramic done in a style common between the 7th and 5th centuries B.C. (versus the red-figure vase painting that replaced it, a style which developed in Athens around 520 B.C.)
The way to the Egyptian exhibit also contained various sculptures and other pieces of art, such as the pair of Stone Guardian Figures from 17th century Northeast China (either the late Ming or early Qing dynasty). The Egyptian exhibit was quite crowded because they placed the famous Rosetta stone at the entrance.
The Egyptian gallery was also quite interesting – I loved it because Egyptian mythology has always been a favorite since I was younger, and seeing actual hieroglyphs up close (though I have unfortunately forgotten how to translate them) was an amazing experience.
The rest of our time at the display was spent walking through the Parthenon Sculptures gallery, which was ‘designed to contain sculptures…given by Lord Duveen of Millbank in 1939 (aka MCMXXXIX). One of my favorites was the tablet with a scene containing a maenad and 2 satyrs in a Dionysiac procession.
I am definitely coming back to this museum, hopefully many more times before we depart for Florence!