In the two centuries since they were removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin, the meaning and significance of the ‘Elgin marbles’ has changed dramatically. From architectural decoration to disputed cultural objects this lecture looks at the response to them over their time in Britain, from the original controversy over their purchase to the current debate surrounding the restitution of the marbles to the new Acropolis Museum in Athens.
Alan Read holds a master’s and first class honours degree in History of Art from Birkbeck College, London. He is a gallery guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery and for Frieze Masters and regularly lectures at the NPG, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Plymouth City Art Gallery and other galleries in the UK.
Tuesday March 7th – 6.30pm
Venue: Scone Arts and Crafts Hall, Kingdon St, Scone.
Refreshments served after the lecture. All welcome, visitors $30. Note, cash, cheque or bank transfer prior to the lecture only (no credit card).
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Image: Alan Read, courtesy of Scone ADFAS