Lecture: The Fate of Icons in University Museums

August 24 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is hosting an interesting sounding online lecture in October entitled "Fair Greece! Sad Relic": the fate of icons in University Museums. The event has been organised to mark the Bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence.

According to the blurb:

Soon after the Greek Revolution, the Acropolis was cleared of its Medieval buildings. Byzantine icons too were shunned, even in University Museum collections. This lecture touches on icons in the Fitzwilliam but focuses on the fate of one icon in the Yale University Art Museum, acquired in 1871, but hidden in its storeroom until now.

The talk will be delivered by Robin Cormack, Professor emeritus in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art and who now teaches in the Classics Faculty at Cambridge. 

The lecture will be broadcast on 13th October 2021 and attendance will cost £5 (free for under-18s and students).

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