Organised by the Cambridgeshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Defining Beauty? The Gods in Greek and Roman art

Lecture | McCrum Lecture Theatre (Corpus Christi College)

Wednesday 2 March 2016 - 18:30 until 20:00

Winter Open Lecture no. 4

Speaker: Dr Caroline Vout, University Reader in Classics, Fellow of Christ’s College

What does god look like? Greek and Roman gods and goddesses are reassuringly familiar, their gorgeous bodies a source of ongoing fascination in post-Renaissance sculpture and painting. But why do they look like this? When was it decided that they should look like air-brushed mortals and at what cost? This lecture goes back to the visual record of the fifth and fourth centuries BCE to question the similarity between our bodies and theirs. What is divine about these ancient images of god? Just how beautiful are they?

This event has been organised by the Cambridgeshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue information

McCrum Lecture Theatre (Corpus Christi College)

Through arch by the The Eagle, 8 Benet Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QN

Entry details

£14 (includes a glass of wine/soft drink)

Students £7

Series of 4 lectures: £48 (students £24)

To book, please contact Jean Calhoun on or call 01223 300887

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)