2016 Trendall Lecture: Dr Ted Robinson – Unbeautiful Bodies in Ancient South Italy

The 2016 Trendall Lecture will take place in the Clemenger Auditorium at the National Gallery of Victoria at 2:30 on Saturday 24 September:

Dr Ted Robinson (University of Sydney): ‘Unbeautiful Bodies in Ancient South Italy’

In the art of the Greek cities of South Italy, beautiful bodies are everywhere. The norms were subverted, though, when it came to representing the comic theatre, where the players are all shown as physically grotesque. There were many more vase-paintings which depicted comedy made in South Italy than in any other part of the Greek world, and several outstanding examples are in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria.

This lecture will seek to explain their conventions, and understand why depictions of unbeautiful bodies were so common in South Italy, even on vases that were used as grave-offerings.

The lecture is free but booking is appreciated.

Please see http://www.latrobe.edu.au/events/all/2016-trendall-lecture for full details.

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