Wednesday 15 February
Lecture Theatre 8W 1.1
What happened to looted art sent home to enhance the prestige of Venice? Was the passion for ancient Greece that drew visitors and collectors from across Europe a blessing or a curse? Why did Lord Elgin lose his wife, diplomatic career and the tip of his nose? Did his ideal of inspiring a taste for idealized beauty produce much more than expensive wallpaper? This illustrated lecture examines the causes and outcomes of this cultural craze.
For more lectures, see the full Spring 2012 GULP programme.
Mr Roger Vlitos
Roger Vlitos is a photographer and writer who has regularly lectured at Bath on historical and artistic subjects. His interest in this one was inspired by working as a tour guide on the Acropolis in Athens and later as a researcher in the British Museum. He has visited sites in Greece that inspired the "philhellenes" and photographed examples of ancient Greek sculpture that survives in Venice, Paris, London, Copenhagen and Athens.