EVENT: A Word on Art – “In Search of Noble Marbles. The Earliest Travelers to Greece.”

It’s time for another boutique program at the Goethe Atlanta – A Word on Art. It’s a few months since we last held one of these events so we thought it was high time we rectified that! Join us as we head to the Carlos Museum for a tour of “In Search of Noble Marbles. The Earliest Travelers to Greece.”

Join us as we explore the Carlos Museum’s exhibit “In Search of Noble Marbles. The earliest travelers to Greece”.

Enjoy a guided tour of the exhibit which is made up of writings, drawings maps and photogravures, with Dr. Jasper Gaunt, Curator of Greek and Roman Art. Dr. Gaunt will focus on the early German travelers to Greece – both as directly and indirectly evidenced in the exhibit.

About the Exhibit:

In the wake of the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, Greece became a province of the Ottoman Empire until it succeeded in winning independence through arduous campaigns of the 1820s. In the words of one seventeenth-century traveler, “[Greece] hath been near two hundred years under the dominion of the Turks and is very much depopulated.” Practically inaccessible to the Western world, with a hostile political regime not to mention barriers of language and religion, only a very few brave travelers succeeded in traveling to Greece.

This exhibition brings together the earliest published accounts of intrepid English, French and Dutch explorers who, having visited Greece, were moved to record their experiences in print. These publications were often illustrated, and by the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries sometimes in a sumptuous manner. These also reveal an organic growth of knowledge about Greece, from seventeenth-century fantasies familiar from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, to the scholarly mapping out and minute recording of inscriptions and monuments. But interest in the ancient monuments was only one pursuit. The sheer difficulties of reaching Greece in early times meant that often groups of individuals traveled together under royal patronage, gathering information that also included natural history, and local customs and costumes.

Ready to get involved? Here’s what you need to know:

When: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time: 3:00pm
Where: The Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University
Admission: Participants must purchase entry to the museum (The museum is offering a discounted rate of $6.00 instead of $8.00)

Space is limited for this event, please use the link below to register.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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