Building on the success of our Gandhara Connections project, the Classical Art Research Centre is launching a new initiative called #AncientArtConnections. Under this umbrella theme we will be exploring many different aspects of the relationship between Greek and Roman art and the wider ancient world, across Asia, Africa, and Europe. We will do this through events, research and publication, and new web resources.
The first major event under this heading is also an extension to the Gandhara Connections project. On Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd March 2023 we will be holding a hybrid workshop (in Oxford and online via Zoom) entitled ‘Classical Art and Ancient India’. This colloquium will bring together invited international speakers and a worldwide audience to address a topic very closely related to Gandhara and vital for placing classical art in its global context: the question of how much mutual artistic exchange occurred between other parts of India, Greece and Rome in antiquity, and what we stand to learn by studying their art traditions alongside each other. The art of Mathura, Ajanta and Amaravati will feature in the conversation.
Watch this space for more information as we make preparations during July and August 2022.