Classical Art and Ancient India - international workshop
Building on the success of our Gandhara Connections project, the Classical Art Research Centre is launching a new initiative called #AncientArtConnections. Under this umbrella theme we will be exploring many different aspects of the relationship between Greek and Roman art and the wider ancient world, across Asia, Africa, and Europe. We will do this through events, research and publication, and new web resources.
The first major event under this heading is also an extension to the Gandhara Connections project. On Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd March 2023 we will be holding a hybrid workshop (in Oxford and online via Zoom) entitled ‘Classical Art and Ancient India’. This colloquium will bring together invited international speakers and a worldwide audience to address a topic very closely related to Gandhara and vital for placing classical art in its global context: the question of how much mutual artistic exchange occurred between other parts of India, Greece and Rome in antiquity, and what we stand to learn by studying their art traditions alongside each other. The art of Mathura, Ajanta and Amaravati will feature in the conversation.
Watch this space for more information as we make preparations during July and August 2022.
Beazley for the 21st Century - international workshop
We are delighted to announce the dates of this year's CARC international workshop, 'Beazley for the 21st Century', which was originally planned for our 50th anniversary celebrations in 2020 but postponed because of the pandemic.
The workshop, which is generously supported by Jean-David Cahn and Tony Michaels, will take place both in person and online on Monday 26th-Tuesday 27th September 2022. In person bookings will be limited. We will release further information on the line-up of international speakers and booking arrangements during June 2022.
The workshop will address the potential of Beazley’s legacy and his method for the next fifty years of ancient world studies – not just ceramic research or even Greek art history, but the history and archaeology of the ancient Greek world broadly defined. At the heart of our discussion is the recognition that this academic inheritance embodies something almost unique in the history of ancient art: a conspectus of an entire craft tradition through three centuries at the level of the individual. The workshop therefore asks what the combination of breadth and fine granularity in the Beazleyan method offers for the understanding of ancient culture and society as much as for art, production, and trade.
Download the full workshop abstract.
A preliminary programme will be released soon but you can already register free, either for in-person attendance or participation via Zoom, through our eventbrite page.
[Image: interior of a cup attributed to the Euergides Painter (and once owned by Sir John Beazley), ca. 500 BC (Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford).]
The 5th Gandhara Connections Lecture: Vidya Dehejia
For this 5th and final annual lecture of the Gandhara Connections project, we are delighted to host the distinguished scholar of ancient art, Vidya Dehejia (Barbara Stoler Miller Professor of Indian and South Asian Art at Columbia University). Professor Dehejia will put Gandharan imagery into the broader context of ancient Indian art in her lecture entitled 'ARTIST, SCRIBE, MONK/NUN, VIEWER: Visual Narratives at Early Buddhist Sites'.
The lecture will be held online via the Crowdcast platform, at 2pm BST on Friday 20th May 2022. There will be an opportunity for the audience to submit questions after the lecture.
For details and registration see our Crowdcast pages.
[Photo: The Times of India]