The Munich Doryphoros: Venerated—Suppressed—Forgotten
The Munich Doryphoros
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
Presented by Dr. Rolf Schneider, Professor Emeritus for Classical Archaeology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich; Honorary Professor for Classical Studies, University of Cape Town (2016‒2019); and Guitty Azarpay Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley (January‒May 2018)
This lecture discusses the making and reception of Polykleitos’s famous Doryphoros (Spear Bearer) in the collection of the Ludwig-Maximilians University. An exceptional piece of sculpture, the statue is the reconstruction of the lost bronze statue made by the Greek sculptor, Polykleitos, around 440 BC. Unknown to most, a memorial with the Spear Bearer was set up in 1921 in the centre of the University’s main building in memory of the 1,026 university members, who fell in the Great War (WWI). Although the memorial itself was destroyed In World War II by US bombs, the Spear Bearer miraculously survived and was later re-erected on campus. Its former memorial context, however, has been conveniently forgotten.
This lecture is free and open to the public after museum admission.
An Ancient Art Council Lecture