When do we find the earliest myths in Greek art? This proves to be a difficult question because before figures are labeled they are open to various interpretations. This lecture will trace myth in cultures predating Greece, in Mesopotamia and Egypt, and show how the representation of narrative in art is a Greek invention that accompanies the spread of alphabetic literacy.
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Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.
May 9, 2015, 9:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Origins of Mythic Representation in Greek Art
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Presented by Barry Powell, Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Admission: AAC members: Free / Non-AAC members: Suggested donation $5