Professor Zainab Bahrani
Edith Porada Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology
London, 10 May 2017, 5:30 pm
London WC1H 0AB
Admission free; please register for this event through the Events section of the School of Advanced Study (SAS) here.
The chance encounter with images from the past can be understood as an aspect of the Nachleben der Antike, one of Aby Warburg’s scholarly preoccupations. In the ancient Near East, such encounters with images from a distant past had profound effects, both visual and theoretical. Artworks transmitted historically specific forms and iconographies across time, but they were also forms of infinite presence without duration. This lecture addresses the status and influence of such rediscovered images beyond the traditional disciplinary boundaries, and brings ancient art into the current theoretical debates surrounding art and time.