Drawing and Winckelmann’s taste for elegant simplicity

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 17:15
Contact person
Dr Cristina Neagu
01865 276265
Talk / Lecture

To commemorate the recent Johann Joachim Winckelmann anniversaries 2017/2018, Christ Church Library hosted a series of events and opened an exhibition, ‘Winckelmann and curiosity in the 18th-century gentleman’s library’, in collaboration with the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford and the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, University of Reading.

This talk by Professor Amy Smith marks the launch of the online version, following the successful physical exhibition of the same name at Christ Church in June–November 2018.
Professor Smith will investigate the contribution of the art of drawing to the commercial exploitation of an evolving taste for simplicity of design, at the end of the eighteenth century. How did the drawn lines made by ancient vase painters differ from those of neoclassical artists who succumbed to their influence? And how did they influence the consumption of drawings on Greek vases?  How were the tastes of pioneer art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717–1768) influential in contemporary and later understanding and appreciation of the Greek vase as presented through drawings?

Professor Smith is a classical archaeologist at the University of Reading, with a primary interest in iconography and its many manifestations, especially in politics and religion. She is also a curator with research interests in the history of collections, digital museology and pedagogy.

The talk, will take place on 20 November 2019, at 5:15 pm. All are welcome. The event is free of charge, but spaces are limited. To book a place, please contact the Keeper of Special Collections at Christ Church.