Iconoclasm and the Power of Images

Contemporary vandalism of works of art by religious fanatics is only the latest episode in a millennia-long struggle to define and control the power of images that has erupted across cultural and religious boundaries. This evening offers the opportunity to explore iconoclasm in history, learn about its motivations, and reflect on the destructive and creative powers it unleashes.

Participating faculty members are Assistant Professor of Government Barbara Elias Klenner, Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Meryem Belkaid, Associate Professor of Classics James Higginbotham, Professor of Religion Robert Morrison, and the Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Art History Stephen Perkinson. Museum Curator Joachim Homann moderated the event.

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Temptation of Saint Anthony.

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