Greek art laid bare by visiting scholar

Greek art laid bare by visiting scholar

One of the world’s leading authorities on Greek art visited Marischal Museum today (Mon, Oct 27) ahead of a series of public talks at the University of Aberdeen.

Professor Robin Osborne, Professor of Ancient History at the University of Cambridge, visited the museum to see its nationally recognised collections, including ancient Greek pottery and coins. 

He is currently resident in the Granite City in his capacity as the 2008 Geddes-Harrower Chair of Greek Art and Archaeology, a visiting professorship at the University of Aberdeen. 

Since its inauguration in 1960, the Geddes-Harrower Chair lecture series has become a leading scholarly event exploring Greek art and archaeology and related areas of Hellenic significance.  

Professor Osborne, who will also do a small amount of teaching during his stay, will give his first lecture on Tuesday, October 28 at the King’s College Centre when he will explore why Athenian artists chose to represent particular objects – such as the classical male body – in the way they did. 

The remaining lectures will take place on October 30 and November 4, 6 and 13. The final lecture on November 13 will be followed by a reception at James MacKay Hall. 

Professor Chris Gane, Head of the College of Arts and Social Sciences said: “The Geddes-Harrower Chair has, over the years, attracted an extremely impressive group of scholars to Aberdeen and we are delighted that Professor Osborne will now figure amongst them. 

“His series of talks promises to be fascinating for anyone with an interest in classical art and the Hellenic Period more generally, and we look forward to welcoming members of the public as well as the academic community to King’s College Centre.”  

To reserve your free place, please call 01224 272084, email href="mailto:c.papiransky@abdn.ac.uk" title="mailto:c.papiransky@abdn.ac.uk">c.papiransky@abdn.ac.uk or visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/geddes-harrower/index.php for more information on the lecture series. 

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