Showing off
The Themes - An Introduction to Showing Off

Showing Off Info Discussion & Task Showing Off Challenge


Showing Off - (Page 1 of 5)

Today we often show off through possessing the latest car, designer clothes or gadget. But it sometimes comes as a surprise to find how people in the past did exactly the same thing, how they too used their possessions to reinforce and project their image to others. A bronze by a famous sculptor, an architect-designed house or a painting was as instantly recognisable then as a fashion label is today.

Nothing gives such a powerful sense of a different time as a real object. Often what survives are the most glamorous objects, because of their preciousness and artistic value, and these can tell us much about how people liked to show off in the past!

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