Highlights from Mary Beard
Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Newnham College. As one of our most eminent Classicists, Mary’s explorations of the way we see ourselves in art and of the relationship between art and religion naturally take in Greek and Roman examples but also material from China, India and Mexico. Below are three of her memorable encounters.
Boxer at Rest
Early in the 5th century BC, Greek sculpture sprang to life, replacing rigid idealised figures with the illusion of movement and realistic details. That dramatic leap forward in technique is now known as the Greek Revolution and this figure of a battered boxer highlights what was new.