Caroline van Eck Slade Professor 2017

January 18 - March 8, 2017
The University of Oxford

Slade_Poster_2017The PriArc team is proud to congratulate PriArc scholar Caroline van Eck with her appointment as Slade Professor of Fine Art for 2017 at The University of Oxford, one of the most prestigious appointments in the world. The Slade Professor gives eight public lectures in the spring term. The topic for Professor van Eck’s lecture series lies at the very heart of the PriArc project: The Material Presence of Absent Antiquities: Collecting Excessive Objects and the Revival of the Past.




The lectures are as follows:

18 January: ‘A Neo-Classical Dream and an Archaeologist’s Nightmare’: Piranesi’s Colossal Candelabra in the Ashmolean Museum and the Louvre

25 January: Candelabra in Antiquity, their Rediscovery and Reception

01 February: Making Antiquity Materially Present: Plaster Cast Collections, Piranesi’s Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi and the Museo Borgiano

08 February: Candelabra, Totems and other Ritual Objects

15 February: Piranesi in the Valley of the Uncanny (1). Excessive Objects and the Revival of Antiquity

22 February: ‘At Last I am in Conversation with Things’. Wilhelm and Caroline von Humboldt, and the 6th Duke of Devonshire on the Agency of Graeco-Roman Artefacts

01 March: Piranesi in the Valley of the Uncanny (2). Excessive Objects, Animation and Intentionality

08 March: ‘At Rome the Love of Marble Possesses Most People like a New Sense’: the Material Turn, 1770-1820


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Originally posted January 14, 2017. Latest revision January 14, 2017.

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