In pictures: The Body in Ancient Greek Art

The ancient Greek preoccupation with the human body comes under the spotlight at the British Museum in March, with around 150 objects on show – from marble statues and bronzes, to terracotta pieces and vases

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Marble statue of Ilissos from the west pediment of the Parthenon. Designed by Pheidias, Athens, Greece, 438 BC-432 BC © The Trustees of the British Museum

Marble statue of Ilissos from the west pediment of the Parthenon. Designed by Pheidias, Athens, Greece, 438 BC-432 BC © The Trustees of the British Museum

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Marble sculptures in the Parthenon. Designed by Pheidias, Athens, Greece, 438 BC-432 BC © The Trustees of the British Museum

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A second-century AD Roman copy of a Greek portrait bust of Athenian politician Pericles © The Trustees of the British Museum

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Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art is on show at the British Museum, London, from 26 March–5 July 2015. For more information, and to book tickets, visit www.britishmuseum.org