The Ancient Greek artistic heritage and its evolution in the post-antique world is the central theme of a public lecture hosted in October by the University of Sydney.

Presented in conjunction with the Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School, the talk traces the evolution of the Classical ideal and form of ancient Greek sculpture as spearheaded by sculptors including Pheidias, Polykleitos and Praxiteles, which has long inspired and influenced the creativity of later artists of the likes of Michelangelo, Picasso and Rodin.

The public lecture is part of a series of events offered in memory of renowned Australian sculptor Tom Bass.

The fifth Tom Bass Memorial Address will be presented by Lesley Beaumont, Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Sydney.

A specialist in ancient Greek art and archaeology, Dr Beaumont served as Assistant Director of the British School at Athens before moving to Australia in 2000.

She co-directs the Zagora Archaeological Project on the Greek island of Andros, where an Early Iron Age settlement features findings serving as the foundation and threshold of the better known Greek Archaic and Classical periods.

Dr Beaumont also regularly takes Australian students to Athens to participate in intensive programmes on the art and archaeology of the ancient city.

The in person talk will take place on Thursday 5 October, 6pm -7pm at the Nelson Meers Foundation Auditorium, Chau Chak Wing Museum.

Tickets for the event, prced at $5 can be booked via this eventbrite link.