Ancient Art of the Mediterranean

October 21, 2019 by Department of Art History

The Royal Ontario Museum is holding a two-day event focusing on Ancient Art of the Mediterranean.

The Keynote Adress, "How Vivid is the Joy in Strangeness: The Power of Cypriot Art," takes place on October 25, 2019. Dr. William A. Childs explores the explosion of interest in the art of the Mediterranean in the second half of the 19th century, and how Cypriot works specifically were received in Europe and the Americas. This talk will look at some of the historic archaeological expeditions to the region that built the collections of major institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, and the Louvre, and discuss how Cypriot art has often been perceived by the public and some scholars as lesser than Graeco-Roman works. Dr. Childs’ talk will focus on the powerful and richly expressive traditions of Cypriot Art as masterpieces of the art of the eastern Mediterranean in their own right.

The Ancient Art of the Mediterranean Symposium takes place on October 26, 2019. Delve into the history of ancient art with international scholars as they explore the varied artistic traditions represented in the eastern Mediterranean. Speakers include Verity Platt (Cornell Unviersity), Nathan Arrington (Princeton University), SeungJung Kim (University of Toronto), Erin Averett (Creighton University), Bjorn Ewald (University of Toronto), Kate Cooper (University of Toronto), and Timothy Harrison (University of Toronto).

Both events are free!

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Please visit the ROM's website to RSVP to the October 25th Keynote Address & October 26th Symposium.