On 08 June 2013 at 11:00

Beauté et sublimité des monnaies grecques : les raisons de leur attrait

Dr. François de Callataÿ

Greek coins have always been praised as the most beautiful coins ever produced (along with Italian Renaissance medals). After evoking Goethe, José Maria de Heredia or President Theodore Roosevelt, this lecture explores which are the criteria behind this statement, namely the high relief, the diversity of types, the excellence of engraving and the adaptation to the small format. It ends with some reflections about beauty (symmetry) and sublime (asymmetry) with a special focus on three-quarter facing heads, and some comments about the changing tastes through 18th-21st c. Here we shall evoke the great names of Winckelmann, Raphael and Rubens, but also Kant, Burke and Ruskin.



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On 08 June 2013 at 11:00

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Dr. François de Callataÿ

Former Head of Department, Royal Library of Belgium, Director of Studies at the 4th section l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes,  professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, member of the Académie royale de Belgique (Class of Letters), Professor de Callataÿ has written more than 5,500 pages published in 22 countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and USA) out of which 12 books, ca. 170 articles, and about the same number of reviews, notes and prefaces. 

He has been awarded numerous Belgian and International awards and prizes including the Francqui Prize 2007, the highest scientific award in Belgium, the Archer Huntington Medal Award in the USA and the Stanley Robinson Award, Oxford England. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the Order of Léopold II.