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Thursday, February 18

“The Idyll, the Ideal, and the Real: The Rediscovery of Greek Architecture and its Consequences in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries”

Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Frank Salmon, Professor of the History of Art, Cambridge University, England

The ‘rediscovery’ of ancient Greece during the Enlightenment constitutes a remarkable episode in cultural history. In this lecture, Frank Salmon, Professor of the History of Art, Cambridge University, England, will discuss what lay behind this ‘Grecian’ interest and consider its effects, especially the “Greek Revival” in architecture that occurred on both sides of the Atlantic in the ensuing centuries. Dr Salmon’s book, Building on Ruins: The Rediscovery of Rome and English Architecture (2000), won the Kostof Prize of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Whitfield Prize of the Royal Historical Society. Cosponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, the Classics Department, Ross Commons, and the Middlebury College Museum of Art.