April 17th - 5:00 pm SLT "Walk Like an Egyptian, Only Naked"
A Lecture by Isabelle Inkpen (Isa of Chaeronea) of SPQR ROMA. Isabella teaches art history at San Jose State and History at San Francisco State.
The Greeks were famous for going nude in certain circumstances. They exercised in the nude and so the gymnasium was the "naked (gymnos) place." But why? Why did athletic nudity leave the gym and come to dominate public and private art? Why did Greek sculptors use the proportional systems and poses of Egyptian sculptures, but take off their kilts? When did female nudity in art become acceptable? Why do statues have fig-leaves?
For answer to these and many other questions, please join the Virtual Pioneers in SPQR Roma for a fun, illustrated lecture.