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Lecture: Confronting the Classical—The Making of Christian Art

April 11, 2013
Fullerton Hall
Free with museum admission

Christopher Kelly, University of Cambridge, examines how when the Roman Empire converted to Christianity in the 4th century AD, its art was radically transformed. The important British Museum loan to the Art Institute offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore that change. It brings us face-to-face with a striking paradox. The revolutionary religious shift to Christianity demanded a new visual vocabulary; and yet, for all its innovation, Late Antique art remains in many ways recognizably Roman. How do we then understand a new Christian art that stubbornly refused to surrender its ancient classical heritage?

Related Program:
Friday, April 12, 2013
Symposium: Continuity and Change in Late Antique Art 

Roman. Projecta Casket (detail), c. 380. The Trustees of the British Museum, London.