It’s All Greek To Me

Today our Studio Art students visited the Museum of Classical Archaeology at the Cambridge Classics Faculty, home to one of the largest plaster cast collections in the world. It was the perfect setting in which to develop their draughtsmanship skills, whilst also learning about the cultural and aesthetic significance of the sculptures from which the casts were made. These sculptures did not, for example, always manifest what we recognise today as their dignified translucence. Instead they would once have been covered from head to toe in garish colours. Our students were led to consider what it might mean to be drawing an image of a plaster cast of an already mutated artwork.