Hippolytos-statue. A multidisciplinary workshop

A Multidisciplinary Workshop

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The so-called ‘Hippolytos-statue’ is far more than one of the countless Roman antiquities to decorate the hallway of the Apostolic Vatican Library: it is the first known Christian, or Christianised, free-standing sculpture in history. Originating in the Pre-Constantinian era, it is one of the “Last Statues of Late Antiquity. Although the statue itself appears to be unspectacular at first sight, a closer look, however, reveals that it must be a ‘transvestite’: the bearded philosopher wears female underwear and is seated on a throne covered by inscriptions. The anomaly has its roots in the Renaissance reassembly of antique torso(s)/fragment(s) and in a “modern” completion by the antiquarian Pirro Ligorio (1512?-1583), a papal architect under popes Paul IV and Pius IV. Once identified with Hippolytus, an influential theologian, martyr and bishop of Portus, it was installed at various papal representative spaces over the centuries. This international expert’s workshop approaches the statue from multidisciplinary perspectives with the aim to reveal some of the statue’s well kept secrets.


Thursday and Friday, 02-03. September, 2021.


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The workshop will take place at the house “Convent van Chièvres” located in the idyllic UNESCO World Heritige site Great Beguinage (Groot Begijnhof 39, Leuven).

Please note: Due to the pandemic situation, the number of the available seats are limited for those without presenting a paper. The workshop, however, will take place in a hybrid format and a link to the live feed will be provided for those who are previously expressed their interest and made a registration.




To register to the workshop, please either fill out the form below or, alternatively, send an email with your contact information, academic status/affiliation, and research interests to András Handl by September 1, 2021. 

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    If you have any questions or remarks, please do not hesistate to contact András Handl.