Saturday 28 March 2015, 10.30-16.30 Stevenson Lecture Theatre £22, no concessions
This study day discusses the material culture of some of the world’s major religions, as they are represented in the British Museum. Lectures, talks and gallery visits consider Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. The event is open to OU students and the public.
Saturday 18 April 2015, 10.30-16.30 BP Lecture Theatre £22, no concessions
This study day looks at the Museum’s collection of Greek objects with emphasis on Greek architecture and sculpture. The day looks at the significance, symbolism and context of the Acropolis in Athens, the development of figural sculpture, and Homeric legend in Greek vase painting. The emphasis will be on the figure in the classical world, to complement the major exhibition Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art.
Friday 10 April 2015, 9.30 BP Lecture Theatre £70, £50 Members/concessions
An extraordinary life-sized bronze sculpture of a young athlete (the ‘apoxyomenos’) was recovered in 1999 from the depths of the Adriatic Sea. The youth seems lost in concentration, but is perhaps not unaware that his beauty will attract admiration. He will be seen in the UK for the first time as a highlight of the exhibition Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art. This study day will consider the sculpture’s recovery from the sea, its conservation, and the place it holds in the history of Greek art. In collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and with the support of the Croatian Embassy in London. Includes coffee, lunch, wine, reception and entry to the exhibition Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art.