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Bristol Blackwell Lectures

The Bristol Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition is pleased to welcome Professor Bettina Bergmann of Mount Holyoke to deliver the 2012 Blackwell lectures. These lectures take place May 1, 2, 8, and 9th in Lecture Theatre 1, 43 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 IUU. They will run from approximately  5.15-6.30  p.m. The topic is "Worlds on the Wall: the Experience of Place in Roman Art." The four lectures plot a voyage through ancient Roman images of places. We begin with the matrix of visual experience, the built environment that included intimate domestic interiors and monumental public porticoes. That structured framework opened onto a variety of perspectives transcending space and time: views lead into sacred groves, scan bustling harbors, or ascend to elevated panoramas of land and sea. This imagery comprised a new visual language of the environment, an ideal, composite realm that embraced archaic nature worship together with sophisticated, contemporary artifice. The landscape images take their place alongside official and scientific evidence for the Roman organization of space. In art, as in maps and on the land itself, the geometric grid was a means to discipline nature, and with it, people’s movements and perceptions.

All are welcome.

These lectures are supported by the generous sponsorship of Wiley-Blackwell. For further information click here.