On 30 May, I will be giving a lecture titled ‘Mediterranean Art: An Expression of the Mediterranean Spirit’ at the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean in Barcelona (for the UfM staff). I am looking forward!
Art imitates life, and the Mediterranean region is the perfect example. From the abstraction of the prehistoric Venus Figurines in Malta and France to the hypnotizing naturalism of the Amarna Period in Egypt and the exquisite pottery of Classical Greece, this presentation is a tour-de-force of Mediterranean Art, a journey to the Ithaca of Odysseus, Alexandria of the Ptolemy Philadelphus, Knossos of the Minotaur, Tyre and Carthage of the Phoenicians, and many other Mediterranean corners whose legacy transcend time and place, and whose names have become synonymous with civilization and enlightenment.
We set sail on 30 May for a destination where all points of the compass meet: our Mediterranean.
Masterpieces of Mediterranean Art will serve as the pretext to tell wonderful stories of the Mediterranean’s vibrant history. Marvelous artworks and artifacts produced by the Minoans, Mycenaeans, Phoenicians, Etruscans, Iberians and others will set the backdrop for a Mediterranean drama, woven around 7 tales and 7 masterpieces that perfectly capture the zeitgeist of the ancient times, and the genius loci of the Mediterranean port cities and towns. These are masterpieces that every Mediterranean citizen should know.
Given the broadness of the topic and the limited time, focus will be given to the art and culture of Prehistory, Ancient Civilizations and Classical Antiquity.
The Tides Return Forever (introduction)
Tales & Masterpieces (Storytelling & Art Appreciation)
The Power of Form (Slideshow & Music)
The Agora (Q&A’s)