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Painting in the Graeco-Roman World

3 February @ 9:45 am - 2:30 pm


A PAES Study Day by Leslie Pitcher


The classical Mediterranean world formed a cultural unity. Therefore, we will initially consider the development of painting in ancient Greece and then go on to study Greek influence on painting in Etruria, Rome and the Roman province of Egypt. All these paintings, miraculously preserved in tombs or by volcanic eruption, are an aesthetic delight and they also provide a wealth of information on daily life, beliefs and mythology. Using slides, we will study some of the finest examples to have been preserved, and lists of the slides will be provided.


Leslie Pitcher (B.A. Cantab.) has a degree in Classical Literature and Languages at Trinity College, Cambridge. He lectures for NADFAS, WEA, and U3A. He has also lectured at Brompton Oratory on Religious Art. His particular interest is in the Classical tradition in art from the ancient world to the Renaissance.


09.45 Registration

10.00 Minoan frescoes and Greek vase paintings.

Minoan frescoes from Crete and Thera with their almost lyrical feeling for nature. Followed by the development of Greek vase painting – black and red figure styles, how they may echo now lost mural paintings and what they tell us about daily Greek life.

11.00 Coffee and Tea

11.30 Etruscan paintings/Roman murals

Etruscan tombs, their paintings and what they tell us of Etruscan beliefs about the after-life. The change in mood from the earlier happy, carefree paintings to the later more sombre as Etruria gradually fell under Roman domination. Then begin Roman mural paintings as preserved at Pompeii, with a detailed study of the remarkable cycle of paintings depicting the Cult of Dionysus from the Villa of the Mysteries.

12.30-1.30 Lunch by Daisy’s – tea and coffee

1.30-2.30 Continue the depiction of mythology, landscape and still-life in Roman paintings from the House of the Vetii and the Naples Archaeological Museum. Finally consider the art of portraiture in the extremely subtle colouristic and painterly effects found in the mummy-cases from the Graeco-Roman province of Egypt which rank among the finest portraits of all time.


Send your name, address, telephone number and cheque for £28 per person, payable to PAES, to Jennie and Robin Youle, 6, Malpas Drive, Pinner HA5 1DF. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for receipt and confirmation of your booking. A place cannot be reserved for you until your cheque has been received and confirmed. We regret that no refunds can be made for cancellations within two weeks of the Study Day. For any further details, contact Jennie and Robin on 020 8866 0809.


3 February
9:45 am - 2:30 pm


Jennie and Robin Youle
020 8866 0809


The Verden Gallery, Upstairs at West House
West House, Pinner Memorial Park
Pinner, HA5 1AE United Kingdom
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