This talk considers the surprising find of a classical Greek marble statue of Odysseus’s wife, Penelope, at the site of the Achaemenid Palace of Persepolis (modern Iran) and asks the questions: how, by whom, and for what purpose was this work of art brought to the residence of the Persian king.
Tonio Hölscher was professor of classical archaeology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, from 1975 to 2012. His main fields are public monuments and political iconography, the functions and uses of images in contexts of social life, ancient urbanism, and theory of culture and art. Among his many publications is The Language of Images in Roman Art, (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
22 hours 1 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago OPENING TOMORROW—Japanese artist Tomoaki Suzuki draws on his life in London, creating painstakingly detailed figurative sculptures of urban youth at one-third their actual size.
2 days 47 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—They Seek a City: Chicago and the Art of Migration, 1910–1950 showcases the rich variety of art created by those who migrated to Chicago in the first half of the 20th century. They See a City closes June 2.