TALKING ANTINOUS – HOW MANY STORIES CAN A CAST TELL?

Join us for a series of short research-inspired gallery talks in our Antinous: boy made god exhibition, led by Oxford University DPhil candidates and Early Career Researchers.

Thursdays 12.30–1pm
Meet in Gallery 8
FREE, no booking required

TOUR SCHEDULE

1 Nov  –  Antinous: making of a god
8 Nov  –  Hadrian: Made in Athens
15 Nov  –  What the Fake?!
22 Nov  –  Power and Fashion
29 Nov Hadrian: Made in Athens
6 Dec What the Fake?!
13 Dec How many stories can a cast tell?
20 Dec NO TOUR
27 Dec NO TOUR
3 Jan NO TOUR
10 Jan Antinous: making of a god
17 Jan NO TOUR
24 Jan Hadrian: Made in Athens
31 Jan NO TOUR
7 Feb From Ancient Rome to David Beckham
14 Feb What the Fake?!
21 Feb How many stories can a cast tell?

 

 

Hadrian: Made in Athens
Thu 8 Nov & Thu 29 Nov 
With Stelios Ieremias, 4th year DPhil in Classical Archaeology, University of Oxford. 

Hadrian, the famous Roman emperor, had a profound love for Athens. This will be explored through the Chiaramonti bust, focusing on the messages and propaganda that is shown through the use of mythological scenes. 

What the Fake?! 
Thu 15 Nov & Thu 6 Dec 
With Abbey Ellis, 2nd year DPhil Museum Studies, University of Leicester & Ashmolean Museum 

Think you can tell the difference between an authentic museum object and a modern copy? Think again! This talk introduces two sculptures, one ‘original’ and one ‘copy’, inviting you to question the labels and values attributed to each. The sculpture described as an original may not be as authentic as it first appears and the copy has ancient origins which might just surprise you. 

Power and Fashion 
Thu 22 Nov 
With Chiara Marabelli, 2nd year DPhil Museum Studies, University of Leicester 

Did you know that Hadrian reintroduced the fashion of having a beard? Before him, emperors used to be clean shaven. Discuss and compare the fashion, taste and lifestyles of the ancient world to our contemporary societies. 

How many stories can a cast tell? 
Thu 13 Dec & Thu 21 Feb
With Chiara Marabelli, 2nd year DPhil Museum Studies, University of Leicester 

Is this object an original creation? The Ludovisi-Chicago Antinous is a plaster cast that combines two pieces of the same marble original that are found in different museums. Plaster casts of the head and bust were recognised to be from the same statue in 2016. 

From Ancient Rome to David Beckham: Antinous and Hadrian live on 
Thu 7 Feb 
With Chiara Marabelli and Abbey Ellis, 2nd year DPhil Museum Studies, University of Leicester & Ashmolean Museum 

Hadrian and Antinous were the trendsetters of their day. Hadrian made clean-shaven Roman Imperial fashion a thing of the past and the sculpted form of Antinous influenced everyone from Oscar Wilde to Renaissance architects. Explore how style and taste from the Roman period influenced ancient and modern societies throughout the course of history. 

Antinous: making of a god: a story of Love, Death and Glory 
Thur 1 Nov & Thu 10 Jan 
With Gian Piero C. Milani, DPhil Student in Classical Archaeology, Merton College, University of Oxford 

Antinous, lover of the Emperor Hadrian, was tragically drowned in the Nile in 130 AD and was deified after his death. He is one of the best-known figures in ancient art. The information about him in historical sources is scarce but archaeology provides rich evidence. Hundreds of sculptures, reliefs, coins and inscriptions tell the story of Antinous as a god. In this talk Gian Piero looks at the worship of Hadrian’s lover, and offers some thoughts on how it could thrive for centuries after the death of the Emperor himself. 

 

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