Greek Masterpieces from the Louvre @ National Museum of Singapore - Alvinology

Greek Masterpieces from the Louvre @ National Museum of Singapore

I went on the last day to take a look because Rachel kept raving on and on about how much she loves Greek mythology.

In the end, she ended up being more disinterested than I was, constantly complaining that she was very tired and bored during the guided tour.

Here are some pictures taken during our visit:


This is a bust head of the great philosopher, Aristotle.


Here’s Socrates with receding hairline.


Plato, who’s missing a nose in this sculpture.


A vase depicting the Greek gods battling the Titans. They seem to prefer fighting in the nude: “Hey, my wiener is bigger than yours!”

woman with no arm

Woman with one broken arm and a carelessly half-exposed left breast. Drapes were very sexy in ancient Greece. Even more so when wet.

veiled woman

Veiled bust head of a woman.

fierce old man

Some fierce looking old man. I think he was a tradesman or something.

headband boy

Guy with a head band. NO, he’s not from That 70s Show! People do not just wear head bands for aerobics!

side profile of a lady

Side profile of a lady.

narcissus or hercules

Most of the sculptures are nude. Apparently, ancient Greeks are very obsessed with the beauty of the human form. In the past, athletes competed in the nude for the Olympics games. I think it will really hurt when they fall down and hit their privates.

beautiful bum

Beautiful male bum that will put Ricky Martin to shame.

old man

Old man sitting on a chair. He looks a bit like Socrates, not sure if it’s him.


Some soldier, I think. The hair looks like curly fries to me and made me hungry.


An interesting thing I learnt from our guide was that the height of the individuals depicted in the sculpture is relative to their status and has nothing to do with the person’s real height. For example, the sculpture of a slave is always smaller than that of their master’s and those of human beings, always smaller than that of the Greek gods’.


Since it was the last day of the exhibition, there was a relatively large crowd. It’s interesting to see so many Singaporeans headed for the museum on a valuable Sunday afternoon. Says who we are not cultured? 🙂

triangle piece

Triangle piece with a woman in the centre.

ancient dog lover

Ancient dog lover who lives in a little house together with her dog.

baby wants milk

Small baby trying to reach out for milk? There’s a story behind these frescoes, but I can’t remember.

curly fries

Goddess Athena (I think) with curly fries hair.


I think this is a statue of Narcissus, the boy who fell in love with his own reflection.

wet drapes

Wet drapes were supposed to be super sexy. This is the equivalent of a Playboy centrefold in Grecian times.


Some warrior. Can’t remember if he’s Hercules.

pussy cat

For pussy cat lovers.


Sketching was allowed btw. I should have brought my gear along. Rachel thought at first that the guide meant we can sketch and autograph our names on the sculptures – silly right? She probably would have been thrown in jail by now for vandalising ancient treasures if I did not correct her.


Boobies! Nice or not?

handicap toilet

Handicap toilet sign in ancient Greece.

chirpy guide

Our chirpy guide! She gave a guided tour in English. We abandoned her for another elderly male guide who was giving a commentary in Mandarin. The elderly guy was more interesting as he was able to gave analytical comparisons between ancient Greece and Chinese civilisations during the same period.

Hercules lah!

Hmm… this sculpture should be Hercules lah. It has that condescending look as if it’s telling you: “I can crush you like a cockroach!”

As you can see, we’ve clean forgotten what we learnt from the guides. Hehe. Can’t wait to visit the next big exhibition at the National Museum.

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  1. Nice. didn’t go unfortunately. i took a module studying philosophy of socrates written by plato in those days. would b interesting if i had gone 2 c whether there r more about it. as 4 greek gods, well, i learnt about it in computer games. wat about greek architecture? anything on exhibition? veli funny descriptions by u btw, hehe!

  2. Very nice photographs of the exhibition. Thank you.

    The ”warrior” sculpture which you thought might be Hercules is actually a sculpture of the God of War, Ares. He is, according to Greek mythology, the son of Zeus (ruler of the gods).

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