Unlocking the Parthenon

Tina Ryan – Albright-Knox Art Gallery (formerly Columbia U)

Over 2,000 years ago, the Athenians erected the Parthenon as a temple to the goddess Athena. By the 19th century, it had become an icon of the achievements of classical Greece, and a key reference for neo-classical art and architecture; its influence is still seen all around us. In this talk, Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan explains the beauty of both the building itself and its sculptural decoration, including the hotly-contested “Elgin Marbles.”