Who were the models for ancient Greek works of art?
Imagine if it was possible to travel back through time to ancient Greece. Around 450 B.C., the Athenian general Pericles tried to consolidate his power by using public funds to support the city-state’s artists and thinkers. From this period of public largesse, we have a record in stone and pottery of the famous Greek myths, and of everyday life in the times of antiquity.
Nudity played a special role in ancient Greece. In Greek art, it was used symbolically to display heroes from myths, gods, warriors, or war heroes. Moreover, the ancient Greeks believed that nudity was powerful, ideal, and beautiful.
In this series, we bend the time-space continuum, and inject a contemporary photo model into several of the artworks of ancient Greece. Thanks to the magic of photographic post-processing, Irida, a Greek model, takes her place amongst the statues, paintings and figurines of ancient Greece. Seeing her set amongst these ancient images makes me wonder how different she is from the models who may have posed for these works of art created thousands of years ago.