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Lecture: Roman Bronze Statues—What Do We Know About Them?

November 21, 2013
Morton Auditorium
Free with museum admission

What do we know about Roman bronze statues? What distinguishes a Roman bronze from a Greek one? What kinds of antique Greek bronzes did the Romans collect? What kinds of bronze statues did the Romans themselves make, how did they use them, and how did they transform classical types and styles? Join Carol C. Mattusch, Mathy Professor of Art History, George Mason University as she discusses these and other questions in the light of recent archaeological discoveries and new approaches to the field of ancient bronzes, made possible by modern scientific analysis.

Among Carol C. Matthusch's most recent projects are Johann Joachim Winckelmann: Letter and Report on the Discoveries at Herculaneum, Malibu, J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011; Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples, exhibition catalogue, Washington DC: National Gallery of Art, 2008;  The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum: Life and Afterlife of  a Sculpture Collection, with Henry Lie, Malibu: Getty Museum, 2005. Her latest book, From Vulcan's Furnace: Ancient Bronzes, Modern Views, will be published in 2014.
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Hellenistic or Roman, Eastern Mediterranean. Statue of Young Dionysos, 100 b.c.–a.d. 100. Anonymous loan. Photography by Richard Valencia.