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.