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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Lecture has wrestling down to a fine art

York’s historic Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is the venue for a public lecture that will explore the explosive and exciting combination of the visual arts and the sport of wrestling.

Dr Sarah Turner, from the University of York’s department of history of art, will present this year’s Merchant Adventurers’ Arts Discovery Lecture, Wrestling with Art, on Monday (12 November).

The academic will explore why so many artists across the globe have depicted scenes of combat sport, and highlight the important historic connections between art and sport.

She said: “Since ancient Greece, artists have been fascinated by the aesthetics of the fight and the powerful figure of the wrestler. In the 18th and 19th centuries it was common for artists to use wrestlers and pugilists as life models. Wrestling gave artists the opportunity to study the physique and musculature of two figures in intensely dynamic and moving form.”

Dr Turner’s talk will also discuss the issues of empire, race and masculinity.

Jointly hosted by the university and the Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York, the annual lecture highlights an important contribution which has been made to the arts.

Admission to the 6.30pm event is by free ticket only. Further information is available at or by calling 01904 324466.

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