Lecture: Professor Amy C. Smith (University of Reading), Drawing and Winckelmann’s taste for elegant simplicity

Date: Wednesday, 20th November (***NEW DATE***)
Time: 5:15pm
Location: The Upper Library at Christ Church

Professor Smith investigates the contribution of the art of drawing to the commercial exploitation of an evolving taste for simplicity of design, at the end of the eighteenth century. How did the drawn lines made by ancient vase painters differ from those of neoclassical artists who succumbed to their influence? And how did they influence the consumption of drawings on Greek vases? How did the tastes of pioneer art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717–1768) affect contemporary and later understanding and appreciation of the Greek vase as presented through drawings?

This talk by Professor Smith, Curator of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at University of Reading, marks the launch of the online exhibit Winckelmann and Curiosity in the 18th-Century Gentleman’s Library following the successful physical exhibit of the same name, presented as a collaboration between the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology and The Upper Library, Christ Church, Oxford, from 29 June–26 October 2018. This exhibit explores J.J. Winckelmann’s influence on the arts in Europe, especially in Britain, through printed media, architecture and decorative arts.


Past Events

Free school sessions for Key Stage 3 and 4

To celebrate that the exhibition on Winckelmann and Curiosity has been extended until the end of November 2018, the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology has designed a programme of activities suitable for Key Stage 3 (Art and Design: The reception of ancient Greek Art in the 18th century and today) and Key Stage 4 (Art & Design and English: All roads lead to Rome). Sessions will take place on Mondays at Christ Church Library where we will disseminate the importance of Winckelmann and his works on the appreciation and spread of understanding of ancient Greek Sculpture and Roman copies in the 18th Century. We will also learn how his writings have continued to influence people’s reception of ancient Greek sculpture until today. For more information and booking a session, contact ure.education@reading.ac.uk

The Grand Tour: How Classical Art Went Viral in England

The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology has designed a programme of family activities to accompany Winckelmann and Curiosity in the 18th-Century Gentleman’s Library exhibition in Christ Church Upper Library. These sessions will take place on Mondays 30th July, 6th and 13th August at the Library and will explore the importance of the Grand Tour and Winckelmann’s publications in the dissemination of Classical art in Great Britain. Admission is free but booking essential ure.education@reading.ac.uk

Ideals and Nations: New perspectives on the European reception of Winckelmann’s aesthetics

We launched the Winckelmann and curiosity exhibition on the occasion of the third of the series of workshops on the theme Under the Greek Sky: Taste and the Reception of Classical art from Winckelmann to the present. This workshop, Ideals and Nations: New perspectives on the European reception of Winckelmann’s aesthetics, which took place at Christ Church, Oxford, on 29 June 2018, featured Professors Elisabeth Décultot (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg) and Alex Potts (University of Michigan) as keynote speakers.