How the Forbidden Fruit Became an Apple

Kaplan 365

UCLA Center for the Study of Religion is sponsoring a talk with Azzan Yadin-Israel (Jewish Studies, Rutgers University). With the exception of the cross, the apple—as the forbidden fruit—may be the most widely-recognized biblical image. Yet the Book of Genesis in the Hebrew original does not name the species of fruit that caused the Fall of Man, nor do any of its many translations. While early Christian and rabbinic commentators identify various species as the forbidden fruit—the fig, the grape, the citron—they never include the apple. How, then, did the forbidden fruit come to be identified as the apple? Examining...

Pigments in Ancient Greek Painting & Medicine: Ecology, Materiality and the Alchemical Laboratory

Royce Hall, 306 10745 Dickson Ct, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Pigments in Ancient Greek Painting & Medicine: Ecology, Materiality and the Alchemical Laboratory lecture by Ioanna Kakoulli (Department of Materials Science and Engineering, UCLA) Saturday, April 29, 2023 3:00 p.m. 306 Royce Hall Reception to follow Ancient Greek paintings between the fourth century BC and the third century AD are characterized by a splendor of colors, high artistic quality and rich pictorial effects such as shading, translucency and transparency, innovations that characterize and mark the art of Greek and later Roman painting traditions. Through the scientific analysis of surviving paintings—mainly wall paintings—this lecture explores the material ecology and intrinsic optical,...

Ephemeral Architecture Symposium, Thursday, May 18, 4-6pm

UCLA Dodd Hall, Room 247 315 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Please join us in Dodd Hall 247, Thursday May 18, from 4-6, for three talks, followed by a discussion with light refreshments. It’s an opportunity to hear about Paul Niell’s research (Stella Nair’s collaborator in “The Forgotten Canopy”) as well as the that of two early career architectural historians who have participated in the Center’s Core Program. We hope to see you there!

Imaging Diplomacy: The Meridian Gate and the Making of European Perspectives on China (1655–1795)


Lecture by Sylvia Tongyan Qiu, Ph.D. Student in Art History, UCLA, and recipient of the 2023–24 Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Graduate Research Fellowship In 1692, Evert Ysbrants Ides, a Danish merchant living in the German quarters of Moscow, was sent to the Kangxi Emperor by Peter the Great as his ambassador. An account of his journey, Three Years of Travel from Moscow to China: thro’ Great Ustiga, Siriania, Permia, Sibiria, Daour, Great Tartary, &c. to Peking was published in 1706 together with fascinating illustrations. Ides wrote: “coming to the outer Gate of the Castle, there is a Pillar, with some Characters...