archaeology fine art Greece Lia Mageira museum sculpture



// Lia is a self-taught Greek travel photographer with a background in art. Professionally she has a degree in physiotherapy, and she likes to focus on humans and emotions. Lia shared with us some impressions from the most important Greek antiquity collection at the National Museum of Archaeology.

“Life is like Photography. We develop from the negatives.”

Ziad K. Abdelnour

What draws you to art?

“Αrt for me is a raft on which I can dream. I especially love the theater, classical dance and museum visits.I believe that art is the escape of mind and soul.”

What do you like best about this photographic project?

“I like to see visitors to museums. I like the way that people are observing the exhibits. The Archaeological Museum shows the visitor the art that flourished here over the centuries. Linked to the country that gave birth to Greek civilization, Greek sculptures are only revealed when they are in their own homeland.

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the largest Greek archaeological museum, housing a globally important collection devoted to ancient Greek art, founded in 1829. The Sculpture Collection shows the evolution of ancient Greek sculpture from 700 BC to the 5th century.  Over time the most significant sculptures of the Greek provinces were added to the collection, which nowadays contains about 16.000 sculptures. Ancient Greek sculptures reveal their secrets in the country that gave birth to them. Greece has launched a global campaign to return the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum to their homeland. Visitors can gaze at exhibits of immense historical and artistic value, such as the bronze statue of the sea god Poseidon, the “Young Rider”, or the athlete Diadumenos .

Lia´s project depicts the interaction of the visitors of the museum with the exhibits and their contact with Αncient Culture and Art. Her black and white rendering makes the ancient artworks shine in all their sculpted glory.

Some images may be cropped for layout. Click on the photos to see a larger version.


You could also visit Lia´s Instagram page and her website for more of her work.

More information about the museum: website of the National Museum of Archaeology.

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