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Ancient Greek Sculpture and Coins

19 October @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

£28

 

A West House Study Day with Leslie Pitcher



Introduction

The ancient Greeks, starting from the rigid sculpture inherited from the Egyptians, were the first people in history to develop a naturalistic style capable of expressing all forms of physical action, movement and emotion; their achievements have seldom been surpassed and have been enormously influential on subsequent Western art. In the first two sessions we shall follow the evolution from the early archaic style to the later highly dramatic Hellenistic style. At the same time we shall consider the impact of Greek naturalism on the neighbouring non-Greek peoples like the Scythians and inhabitants of Asia Minor. The last session will consider the development of Greek coinage concentrating on coins as works of art and for this purpose have selected thirty of the greatest masterpieces produced by the Greek city-states. The three sessions will also cover many of the dramatic Greek myths which were depicted in sculpture and on coins.  The day will be lavishly illustrated with slides and handouts provided of all the works considered.

Tutor

Leslie Pitcher (B.A. Cantab.) has a degree in Classical Literature and Languages at Trinity College, Cambridge. He has lectured for the Arts Society, NADFAS, the 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/Baroque.

09.45 Registration

10.00 Greek Sculpture – archaic to classical

The early stiff but powerful works produced under Egyptian influence and the movement towards a more flowing and dynamic style especially in the battle scenes from the temple at Bassae and the great procession of figures from the Parthenon frieze

11.00-11.30 Coffee/Tea and biscuits

11.30 Greek Sculpture – late classical and Hellenistic

The development of the highly dramatic and increasingly sensuous Hellenistic style and the beginnings of portraiture and the profound delineation of character. Finally, a look at some of the gold work produced by Greek craftsmen for the Scythian rulers of South Russia and their vivid depictions of tribal life.

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

1.30-2.30 Ancient Greek coins

How the Greeks made coins and what they used them for. The adaptation of mythology to project a Greek city-state’s sense of identity on its coinage, especially in the great masterpieces produced by the Greeks living in Sicily and Southern Italy. Finally the beginnings of true portraiture, culminating in the incredibly powerful coin portraits minted for the Hellenistic kings who succeeded Alexander the Great.


To book a place on the Study Day:

Send your name, address, telephone number and cheque (£28 per person) payable to Pinner Adult Education Society, clearly marked Greek Sculpture on the REVERSE of the cheque to:

Sandra Cheetham,10, Holmwood Close, North Harrow, HA2 6JX

Phone Sandra (020 8428 2688) for more details

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.

No refunds within two weeks of the Study Day.

Details

Date:
19 October
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost:
£28

Organiser

Sandra Cheetham
Phone:
020 8428 2688
Email:
sandraccheetham@hotmail.com

Venue

The Verden Gallery, Upstairs at West House
West House, Pinner Memorial Park
Pinner, HA5 1AE United Kingdom
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Website:
heathrobinsonmuseum.org