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Nicholas Penny (Slade Professor of Fine Art, Cambridge)

Lecture 1: Monday 15 June 2020: 5.30pm: 'Avatars of Antiquity'
Lecture 2: Monday 22 June 2020: 5.30pm: 'Drapery as Metaphor'
Lecture 3: Monday 29 June 2020: 5.30pm: 'Tangled Figures' 

These three lectures, extracted and adapted from the eight Slade Lectures given at the University of Cambridge earlier this year, explore some of the different ways in which the art of ancient Greece and Rome was interpreted, misinterpreted, revived and re-imagined between the fifteenth and the twentieth centuries. 

Sir Nicholas Penny is Visiting Professor at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. He was Director of the National Gallery from 2008 to 2015, and previously held senior curatorial posts in the National Gallery, the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), and the Ashmolean Museum. He has been Mellon Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts; Research Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge, and at Clare Hall, Cambridge; and Lecturer at the University of Manchester. He obtained his doctorate at the Courtauld Institute of Art, having read English Literature at St Catharine’s, Cambridge. His books include Taste and the Antique (with Francis Haskell), Raphael (with Roger Jones), and The Materials of Sculpture. He writes regularly, as both a scholar and a critic, for the Burlington Magazine and the London Review of Books.

The lectures are bookable separately or together as a series. Advance registration is essential: please register by 11.00am on the morning of the lecture and you will be sent a link to join the session. If you have not received the link by 1.00pm please email