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The Ideal – or Not So Ideal – Greek Woman

January 25, 6:30 pm8 pm.

Classical Greek artists had no trouble depicting the ideal male, but the 5th-century painter Zeuxis needed five female models to synthesize details in his portrait of beautiful Helen of Troy. Unlike men who merited sculpted likenesses in public venues, women were mostly portrayed on their grave stelai. Jenifer Neils, Elsie B. Smith Professor emerita of Liberal Studies at Case Western Reserve University and former Director of American School of Classical Studies in Athens (which collaborates on this lecture), discusses how by viewing the imagery of ideal and less than ideal women, Greek artists portrayed females within a misogynist society.

  • This event occurs in person at the National Arts Club.
  • RSVP does not guarantee entry.
  • Doors open to the public 15 minutes before the event start time.
  • Our coat check is limited. Please do not bring any large bags or backpacks.


15 Gramercy Park South
New York, 10003