This event has finished Took place on: Friday, 19th Jan 2018
Beauty and disfigurement, grief and thrill, horror and comfort – these paradoxical themes recur throughout western art, raising difficult questions about our aesthetic sensibility.
Nigel Spivey, University of Cambridge and author of Enduring Creation: Art, Pain and Fortitude (2001), explores the problem by tracing the fortunes of an image of heroic death at Troy through to Roman sarcophagi, Renaissance altarpieces, a ‘masterpiece’ of the French Revolution, and modern photojournalism. How can the sight of someone in extremes of suffering be ‘uplifting’?
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Reserve tickets at this website2018-01-19 2018-01-19 Europe/London Nigel Spivey on the history of violence in art Nigel Spivey explores the problem by tracing the fortunes of an image of heroic death at Troy to modern photojournalism. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2018/01/19/nigel-spivey-on-the-history-of-violence-in-art-160913 The British Museum,Great Russell Street, London,London,London