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Picasso and the Minotaur: A Chapter in Modern Mythmaking

Picasso and the Minotaur: A Chapter in Modern Mythmaking

Lecture outline: The famed Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso, engaged strongly with Greek and Roman mythology and art. In this lecture, Professor Marconi focuses on Picasso as a sculptor. Professor Marconi discusses Picasso’s engagement over the years with Greek and Roman art, including his artistic training in Spain, his early years as a modernist artist in Paris, his “second classical period” of 1917–1925, and his graphic art of the 1930s, such as the Vollard Suite. In spite of the artist’s continuous and explicit references to Greek and Roman art in his paintings and graphic work, only a handful of such references can be found in his sculptures. The strident dissonance in material, form, and subject between Picasso’s sculpture and classical sculpture is often overlooked. In his work as a sculptor, Picasso generally avoided any compromise with the classical tradition, constantly pursuing his modernist agenda, unlike his painting and graphic work. An inescapable conclusion is that it was precisely the artist’s closeness to ancient art that allowed him to drastically subvert tradition and transform sculpture, changing the course of this medium in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Speaker bio: The 2019 AAIA Visiting Professor, Clemente Marconi, is the James R. McCredie Professor in the History of Greek Art and Archaeology at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University and is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the Università degli Studi in Milan.

Professor Marconi was educated at the University of Rome La Sapienza and at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. His main research interests are ancient Greek and Roman art and archaeology, with a focus on Greek art and architecture of the Archaic and Classical periods.

Since 2006, Professor Marconi directs the Institute of Fine Art–NYU’s excavations on the acropolis of Selinunte in Sicily.

Professor Marconi has published extensively on a very wide range of themes relating to Greek and Roman art and architecture.

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Aug 28 2019


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
AAIA Boardroom


AAIA Boardroom
Madsen Building F09

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