Fading beauty in the Museum of Fine Arts

On 25th of February, 2015 from 10:30 until 12:00 4HMM visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Vienna. In an extraordinary atmosphere we got to know the idea of beauty respectively ugliness through the ages.

We started our time travel in ancient Egypt with the absolute symmetry. We noticed fast that the works of art were becoming more realistic and human too eventually. Since make-up especially of the eyes was very important for women and men in ancient Egypt, this was a prominent sign of beauty in these times.

The most captivating story was the one about Aphrodite and Hephaistos, also Ares, the God of war, played an important role in it. Since the absolute opposites of stocky Ares and lovely Aphrodite mixed up, “the perfect divine baby“ Harmonia was created.

Finally, numerous paintings were explained to us and this was also the ending of our time travel with our friendly and well-informed guide, whom we will keep in good memory. This visit has definitely broadened our knowledge of beauty, ugliness and aesthetics in the fine arts.

Written by Carmen Hackl, Nika van Wyk, Patricia Parzer, Linda Berger, Sophia Eibel, Aziza Reidegeld and Ivan Todorovic

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