Feb. 18 lecture at Burpee features ‘Arts and Crafts of Early Greece’

Staff Report

The Archaeological Institute of America, Rockford Society, will present the lecture “Towards a Geometric Perfection: The Arts and Crafts of Early Greece” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Burpee Natural Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St.

The lecture will be given by Irene S. Lemos of Oxford University. It is part of the Samuel H. Kress Lectureship in Ancient Art and will be presented in collaboration with the Burpee Museum of Natural History and the Classics Program of Rockford University.

This lecture will look at the work of the craftsmen and artists of the period from 1200 to 700 BCE. Though Mycenaean architecture and arts have been greatly admired, and the archaic and classical Greek monuments, ceramics and sculpture are well known and discussed, the achievements of the early Greek artists and craftsmen are less acknowledged and often even ignored. The lecture will explore the ceramics, personal ornaments, tools and buildings of the period and argue that the early Greek craftsmen and artists achieved and accomplished a lot during a period when much social and cultural change took place. Indeed, their skills and achievements pioneered the perception of what is considered to be Greek art.

A professor with the School of Archaeology at Oxford University, Irene Lemos has as research interests early Greek archaeology and art, state formation in early Greece, Late Breonze and Iron Age exchange patterns in the Mediterranean, and the archaeology of Ionia. She holds degrees from Oxford University and the University of Athens and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquities. The director of excavations and publications for the Lefkandi-Xeropolis excavations in Euboea, Professor Lemos is an AIA Kress Lecturer for the 2013-2014 season.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call Bart Stenberg at (815) 397-7470.

Posted Feb. 12, 2014

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