This exhibition signals a departure from what you usually expect from the Gallo-Roman Museum. An evocative interplay of images of sensual nakedness by the art photographer Marc Lagrange, intriguing texts by Roman authors and authentic objects leading you deeper into the mysteries of feminine beauty.
How did women use make-up two thousand years ago? What kind of jewellery did they wear? What kind of items would a Roman beauty case contain? Practical implements and educational films provide an insight into how women in ancient Rome made themselves beautiful and pampered themselves.
Contemporary women also talk about their perceptions of their bodies.
‘Timeless Beauty’ is the name of the exhibition scheduled to open in the Gallo-Roman Museum on 17 December 2016. The central theme is the conception of ideal feminine beauty in Roman times. The wide-ranging body of work of the art photographer Marc Lagrange has been drawn upon to give visual tension to the exhibition. His photographs engage in a dialogue with 2,000-year-old texts by authors who were enthralled by feminine beauty. The collection of authentic objects is indicative of the kinds of resources and techniques elite Roman women relied upon to enhance their physical attraction. The exhibition’s contemporary relevance is underscored by short films featuring present-day women offering intimate accounts of how they perceive their bodies.