The 2024 Gaisford Lecture

johann joachim winckelmann anton von maron

The 2024 Gaisford Lecture will be given by Professor Katherine Harloe, Director of the Institute of Classical Studies.

It will take place at 5 pm on Thursday 16th May in the Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre.

Passcode: 828138

Professor Harloe’s title is:

Winckelmann and Pindar: figures of friendship in Winckelmann’s letters

A summary:

The friendship letters of Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717 – 1768), the so-called ‘father’ of classical art history, merit attention as an important corpus within canons of gay male history constructed by activists from the 19th century onwards and as a case study of the afterlife of classical literature in vernacular writing of the late early modern era. In this lecture, which forms part of a project on the landscape of Latin, Greek and vernacular learning that lies behind Winckelmann’s correspondence, I will explore the importance of Pindar to Winckelmann’s idealised representation of ancient Greece and his framing of his relationship to one epistolary addressee, the Livonian Grand Tourist, Reinhold von Berg.

To join remotely on Zoom
Passcode: 828138

All are extremely welcome to the lecture, and to the drinks that will follow it.