Beazley and Christ Church - 250 Years of Scholarship on Greek Vases

to May
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 00:00 to Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 01:00
Contact person
Georgiana Datcu

Sir John Beazley, who held his first academic position at Christ Church, revolutionized the study of Greek figure-decorated pottery. The exhibition presents Beazley's work and assesses his lasting influence.

Temporary exhibitions are an important part of the library's programme They aim to make its collections increasingly available for scholarly research and public education. They seek to inspire curiosity about, and understanding of works of outstanding quality and historical importance.

With Beazley and Christ Church: 250 Years of Scholarship on Greek Vases we would like to push things a little further and experiment with celebrating the subject matter not only as intellectual pursuit, but also as sensory encounter. So, we have thought to supplement the exhibition with six introductory talks on John Beazley and Greek pottery by Thomas Mannack and Diana Rodríguez Pérez, and also with handling sessions, thus giving viewers the chance of a unique experience.

The objects selected for display, together with the individual books and manuscripts that put these in context, plus the tale of how Beazley and other scholars found and acquired their impressive collections, all these highlight a fascinating story, illuminating how important bequests are formed, and how gifts can impact an institution’s status.

With exhibitions such as this we seek to expose both the Beazley Archive's and Christ Church Library's own abundant resources and to encourage students and visitors alike to explore the collections. We hope that our selection will stir your imagination and excite your curiosity.

The exhibition (open from 26 January to 3 May 2016) is curated by Diana Rodríguez Pérez, Thomas Mannack and Cristina Neagu.

Visiting hours:

Monday - Friday: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm;  2:00 pm - 4.30 pm (provided there is a member of staff available in the Upper Library).