Sculpting the narrative of antiquity, Lucas is the creator and host of the Ancient Art Podcast, bringing you detailed, lively, and sometimes irreverent discussions of notable works of ancient art and architecture since 2006. He’s been with the Art Institute of Chicago since 2002, leading gallery tours, lectures, and seminars on the art of Asia and the Ancient Mediterranean World. Inspired by the archaeology of ancient brewing and wine-making, Lucas has recently taken up the enjoyable hobby of home brewing. He currently also finds himself having accidentally started a collection of hairless pets.
Art history buff? Learn about Hadrian and Antinous through ancient Roman sculptures housed at the Chicago Institute of Art. Lucas Livingston will teach you about defining characteristics of Hadrian and Antinous statues, while providing context and history relating to this Roman emperor and his 'apprentice'.
Learn through art and sculpture about how the Lord Ganesha got his elephant head, lost his tusk, and other stories from oral tradition. Lucas Livingston will show you defining artistic characteristics of this Hindu god using sculpture housed at the Chicago Institute of Art and/or used in the Ganesha Chaturthi festival.
Explore the art and life of one of the most influential Japanese woodblock print artists, Hiratsuka Un’ichi. A pioneer of the early 20th century Japanese Creative Print Movement (sosaku hanga), Hiratsuka is steeped in the ancient Japanese tradition of wood carving and woodblock prints.
Interested in the art history of ancient Greece? Explore the story and secrets of the frequently copied statue of Apollo Sauroktonos, the Lizard Slayer. Sculpted by the famous Greek artist Praxiteles, this classic nude depicts a youthful Apollo poised to kill a lizard climbing a tree. In this lesson, Lucas Livingston, historian at the Art Institute of Chicago, explores the Lizard Slayer sculpture as a metaphor for the struggle between the Greek gods of Mount Olympus and the primordial race of titans.
Do you love Greek mythology and the art of ancient Greece? Learn about a mythic monster from the Classical World, the original femme-fatale, the Gorgon Medusa. Through Greek sculpture, painting and poetry, this lesson explores Medusa’s lineage, background, and tragic curse. In this lesson, Lucas Livingston, a historian at the Art Institute of Chicago, discusses the possible origins of this haunting myth. As Lucas tells the tale of Medusa, he will also cover the Clash of the Titans, Perseus, Poseidon, and Athena.
Upon hearing the name of Medusa, many people picture the woman of Greek mythology with snakes for hair and a stare that could turn you to stone. But what are the real facts behind this legendary Gorgon? In this Greek Art History lesson, Lucas Livingston discusses the aesthetic influences said to have contributed to the Medusa, and debunks the notion that the mythical character had snakes for hair. Finally, discover the variety of ways that the Medusa is depicted throughout ancient Greek history.
Jump in for a VIP visit to the Art Institute of Chicago's galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art. Quadruple in size from the museum's previous ancient art galleries, the vista boasts a display of 550 ancient treasures from the Art Institute and collections around the world, including the British Museum, Getty Villa, Oriental Institute, Field Museum, and more. This lesson explores ancient art in a new light and examines the Art Institute's new interactive multimedia iPad app, LaunchPad.
Raise your glass to the most incredible chalice from antiquity. The Lycurgus Cup in the British Museum is truly exceptional for its exquisite beauty, delicate craftsmanship, magnificent detail, and a seemingly magical ability to transform colors before your very eyes. Discover the myth of the doomed Thracian king, Lycurgus, driven mad by Dionysus and ensnared by the wine god's creeping vines. Explore the wondrous curiosity of Roman cage cups found in collections across the world.
In this spooktacular Halloween art history lesson, you’ll learn about the Dutch painter Cornelis Saftleven’s creepy and devilish “A Witches’ Sabbath,” on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. Explore the context of the artist’s work by surveying 17th century Netherlandish fascination with “fire and brimstone,” the twisted history and legacy of the witches’ sabbath (also known as Walpurgisnacht), and the legend of Faust.
Explore the hot issue of race and ethnicity in Ancient Egypt through two most frequently invoked figureheads of the discussion, the Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra. Despite the heated rhetoric arguing for or against a specific racial identity for any Ancient Egyptian individual, the point remains that the Ancient Egyptians would have thought the whole modern debate is just plain silly, having been far more concerned with one's cultural affiliation than the color of one's skin.
Explore a cosmic collision of contemporary astronomy and ancient records! This lesson covers how comets were interpreted in the times of Augustus Caesar and Mithridates VI of Pontus, predictions and sightings of Halley’s Comet, and the Chinese Comet Atlas of Mawangdui. Also, does the ancient, maligned symbol of the swastika owe its origin to celestial events?