Ruffin Lecture: Andrew Stewart--Designing Women: Praxiteles, Phryne, and the Female Nude

Event Date

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 6:00pm


Room Number

Blount Hall


Dr. Miriam Clinton





Andrew Stewart is the Nicholas C. Petris Professor of Greek Studies and Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology at the University of California at Berkeley. He also directs the UC Berkeley excavation team at Tel Dor, Israel. He is the author of many acclaimed books on Greek art, including Art, Desire, and the Body in Ancient Greece and Greek Sculpture: An Exploration, and most recently, Classical Greece and the Birth of Western Art and Art in the Hellenistic World: An Introduction.

The centerpiece of Praxiteles' recent one-man exhibitions in Paris and Athens was a display of multiple Roman copies of his lost masterpiece, the Aphrodite of Knidos: the first monumental female nude in Western art. Dr. Stewart will discuss the Knidia's alleged model, the hetaira or courtesan Phryne; its origins, originality, and address to its audiences (male and female, Greek and Levantine); and selected episodes in its reception from the Renaissance to the present. 

Established in 2001, the James F. Ruffin Lecture in the Fine Arts brings to campus speakers and symposia focused on the visual arts. The lectures are funded by a 1999 bequest from the late James F. Ruffin, founder and operator of Ruffin's Import and Interiors.