Repression: Past and present

Repression took different forms in the Victorian and Greek eras. The Victorian era was one that is known as a time of great repression, especially when it came to sexuality. It was also the time that Sigmund Freud came to prominence in the scientific community with his theories of the human mind. In his book, "Lectures on Psycho-Analysis", Freud's theories go into detail about the aspects of repression and resistance that were taking place in people's minds in that era. The repression of ancient Greece however was more occupationally related, as shown in the Greek play "Antigone". This exhibit will display objects that connect to the theme of Repression present in both eras.

The Athenian women on this vase are preparing for a festival in honor Dionysus. The role of priestess was one of the roles that women were confined to in this era.
This painting shows Greek women from a Victorian perspective. The women are depicted as intellectuals: writing, painting, and reading. This painting was also done around the same time as the women suffrage movement.
The women on this vase are musicians preparing for a festival. The role of musician was also one that women were restricted to.
The actress Adah Menken specialized in playing male roles, an opposite of the Greek tradition. Her participation in this profession was very upsetting to the more prudish members of her audience.
This statue of the Greek goddess came under censorship at the Royal Academy in London for its sexual imagery. However the attempt to cover it up only heighten people's interest in the object.
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