The Von Hügel Lecture 2015

1883.766.[CT.39]Professor Chris Gosden
Art, Animism and Power

Thursday 12 March 2015, 5.00pm
Mill Lane Lecture Theatre 1

 Around 500 BC two streams of art emerged in Europe: so-called Celtic art appeared in Europe north of the Alps and is an art of shape-shifting and complexity that might be broadly labeled as ‘animist’; in the Classical world of first Greece and then Rome more realistic art forms came into being within an urban milieu. Animist art is found across a broad swathe of Eurasia from Europe to the borders of China, while realistic art occurs in a broad band from Rome to India. I will outline contrasts in the two art forms, concentrating on the former, considering in each case what art did within each cultural milieu.

There will be a drinks reception at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology after the lecture.


Chris Gosden is Professor of European Archaeology, University of Oxford. He has carried out archaeological and ethnographic work in Britain, central Europe, Papua New Guinea, Turkmenistan and Borneo. His current interests concern the nature of human relations with the world, late prehistoric and Roman period cultural change, art and aesthetics.


With the generous support of Peter Chapman, Chair of the MAA Friends, the Museum has established an annual Von Hügel Lecture to commemorate the energy and contribution of the founding Curator, Baron Anatole von Hügel (1854-1928), and to ensure ongoing discussion of the intellectual challenges raised by the Museum and its remarkable collections.





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