Neil MacGregor on looking at the gods

Friday 17 November 2017,
BP Lecture Theatre

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Supported by the Genesis Foundation. With grateful thanks to John Studzinski CBE.

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Images have power. They can convey us to worlds beyond our experience, carry many levels of meaning, and combine past, present and future in one compelling moment.

They operate in a realm far removed from words. Sometimes, images of the gods come direct from heaven, which naturally gives them particular authority. More often they are made on earth, by mere mortals – individuals, or whole societies. Both religious and political leaders have always known they were powerful – and dangerous – objects.

In this special lecture, former British Museum Director Neil MacGregor examines how these images are made and remade, reverenced and destroyed.

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Neil MacGregor. Photo: BBC.