Nigel Spivey on the history of violence in art

Friday 19 January 2018,
BP Lecture Theatre
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Beauty and disfigurement, grief and thrill, horror and comfort – these paradoxical themes recur throughout western art, raising difficult questions about our aesthetic sensibility.

Nigel Spivey, University of Cambridge and author of Enduring Creation: Art, Pain and Fortitude (2001), explores the problem by tracing the fortunes of an image of heroic death at Troy through to Roman sarcophagi, Renaissance altarpieces, a ‘masterpiece’ of the French Revolution, and modern photojournalism. How can the sight of someone in extremes of suffering be ‘uplifting’?

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