Please join us for the next event in our Public Lecture series for 2018-19, where Dr Katherine Harloe (Reading) will be giving a talk entitled ‘“A Useless, Pedantic, Ambiguous Rhapsodist”? Johann Joachim Winckelmann’s Reception in Great Britain.’
Dr Harloe has kindly provided the following abstract:
2017 and 2018, which marked 300 years since the birth and 250 years since the death of the classicist and art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann, have been attended by celebrations of him throughout Europe. These have uncovered new aspects of his work and influence, which have expanded and in some cases modified the traditional picture of him as the always-respected ‘father’ of art history and classical archaeology. My lecture explores aspects of Winckelmann’s reception in Great Britain from the eighteenth century to the present. It argues that the traditional disciplinary perspective, according to which Winckelmann inaugurated the systematic study of ancient Greek and Roman objects in their cultural context and elaborated a causal account of the rise and fall of ancient cultures, has by no means always been the dominant one; and points to the role of Winckelmann in other debates and scandals over cultural competition and national identity, religious controversy, and sexual impropriety.
This talk will be held in Room A7 of the Samuel Alexander building at the University of Manchester.
We hope to see many of you there!