Friday 17 November 2017, 18.30-19.30 BP Lecture Theatre £5, Members/concessions £3
Images have power. They can convey us to worlds beyond our experience, carry many levels of meaning, and combine past, present and future in one compelling moment.
They operate in a realm far removed from words. Sometimes, images of the gods come direct from heaven, which naturally gives them particular authority. More often they are made on earth, by mere mortals – individuals, or whole societies. Both religious and political leaders have always known they were powerful – and dangerous – objects.
In this special lecture, former British Museum Director Neil MacGregor examines how these images are made and remade, reverenced and destroyed.