GODS & GODDESSES Vol.2
by Hunter & Gatti
by Hunter & Gatti
For the second volume of our “Gods & goddesses” special we continue our exploration of the significance of the divine, this time examining the way it is related to the idea of beauty. In many ancient civilizations beauty was attributed to gods, either as a divine gift given to humans or as the manifestation of their unparalleled glory. Ancient Greeks saw physical beauty as literally "godly" and even defined the first ever “divine cannons” of symmetry and proportion − the Pythagorean golden ratio that explored the relationship between beauty and mathematics. Egyptians thought that beauty was a form of “holiness” and considered that it had magical powers, while the Celts saw it as a form of exultation and an escape from the mundane.
Beauty has always generated awe and admiration since it was often perceived as a glimpse of the divine within the boundaries of human. Beauty is temporary but lasts forever, it’s easy enough to spot but still tricky to define. It is the ultimate inspiration, the motor of art and creativity; it doesn’t need explanation, it simply exists.
From the otherworldly allure of Eniko Mihalik and the almost perfect features of David Gandy, both portrayed for HG Issue as the embodiment of a divine beauty, to our homage to the Muses, the anthropomorphic goddesses that were related to the beauty of the arts, the second volume of our “Gods & goddesses” special is an ode to balance and harmony. And just like American essayist, lecturer, and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “One should never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting".
Styled by: Christine Delassus Assistant: Martin Hamery Groomer: Paco Garrigues