Sizing up classical art…

Modern Classicisms is part of our larger work on Graeco-Roman art and its reception in the Department of Classics and Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London.

In June 2017, the Department of Classics at King’s College London hosted an international workshop on the theme of the ‘dimensions’ of Graeco-Roman art. This event brought together 16 specialists in ancient art and the classical tradition, spread over three days of intense discussion. The day was sponsored by a Philip Leverhulme Prize from the Leverhulme Trust.

This fifth meeting of the so-called ‘New Antiquity’ group of classical art historians was especially significant in being the first time that the group had met in Europe, rather than in North America. The conference was organised by King’s in collaboration with a number of London-based heritage partners, including the British Museum and Sir John Soane’s Museum. It was made possible thanks to the generous additional support of the Department of Classics, and was organised by Michael Squire (King’s), Verity Platt (Cornell) and Milette Gaifman (Yale).

This short film profiles some of the questions and topics that the group explored: