FCHAS Event with Dr Tom Flynn

The Friends of Clare Hall Art Society invite you to attend ‘A Strange Patchwork Way of Making up a God: The Ancient Origins of Polychrome Sculpture’, a special talk by Dr Thomas Flynn, on 11 June 2019.    

In his talk, Dr Flynn will explore the largely overlooked origins of ‘chryselephantine’ (gold and ivory) sculpture, its rediscovery in the 18th century, and the critical reactions of academics and artists to its revival in the 19th century.

Please join us in the Richard Eden Suite (West Court, Clare Hall) on the 11 June at 5.30pm for a drinks reception. The talk will start at 6.00 pm, followed by a hot buffet reception served in the Richard Eden Suite at 7.30 pm.

General Admission is £10. The event is open to the public. Attendance is free for members of Clare Hall and of FCHAS.

Please RSVP to artsociety@clarehall.cam.ac.uk by June 9th, 2019.


Convenors

Helaine Blumenfeld OBE, Patron FCHAS

Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, Hon. Secretary FCHAS


Brief Summary of the Talk

Greek archaeological authorities recently announced their intention to restore the ‘cella' of the Parthenon, which originally housed the great 11m high gold and ivory cult statue of Athena Parthenos. This talk explores the largely overlooked origins of ‘chryselephantine’ (gold and ivory) sculpture, its rediscovery in the 18th century, and the critical reactions of academics and artists to its revival in the 19th century.

A short biographical note: Dr Thomas Flynn is an art historian with specialist interests in historical and contemporary sculpture and the professional practices of the international art market. He is a visiting senior lecturer at several UK universities and is the founder of Flynn & Giovani, a research agency investigating the ownership history of high-value works of art for collectors, museums and the art trade.