This five-week survey will introduce students to the art and architecture of the Ancient Greek World. Progressing chronologically, the course will consider the four main phases of ancient Greek art: the Geometric, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic. Each lesson will consider prominent case studies of iconic artefacts from the ancient Greek world, charting the stylistic developments over the eras and considering the social and cultural contexts that produced such renowned pieces of art. The course will draw upon evidence from different mediums including pottery, sculpture, metalwork, coins, painting, and mosaic.
Highlights include: reviewing the material remains from the Minoan and Mycenaean civilisations with an aim to learn about these great cultures from the images that remain while considering the problems that arise between interpretation and reconstruction, considering in depth the stylistic achievements in sculpture and architecture produced during the Golden Age of Athens and investigating the political purpose of art in antiquity, and noting the rise of an influential new genre of sculpture in the Hellenistic era: the ruler portrait.
Classes will be conducted via Zoom on Thursdays, 19:00-20:00 (UTC, UK time) on 13th January, 20th January, 27th January, 3rd February, and 10th February 2022.
Fee: £35. Tutor: Meg Finlayson.