Gormley was heavily influenced by his two years spent studying Buddhist meditation in India: "Using the body as an arena is at the heart of my work: looking at the body not as an image, not as an icon to be used for its symbolic or narrative purposes, but the body as an open place of inquiry and exploration that is constantly changing, that has no defined characteristics and we just have to watch, to attend to".
Defining beauty the body in ancient Greek art .Major exhibition focusing on the human body.The remarkable works of art in the exhibition range from abstract simplicity of prehistoric figurines to breathtaking realism in the age of Alexander the Great. These works continued to inspire artists for hundreds of years, giving form to thought and shaping our own perceptions of ourselves.'The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.' - Aristole
Statue of the First Priest of Amun, Ramessunakht, with the Theban Triad - detail (Amun seated in the middle, to his left his wife the goddess Mut and their son Khonsu sitting at his father's right). Karnak, Temple of Amun-Re, 20th Dynasty, Reign of Ramesses IV / Cairo, Egyptian Museum.