Elizabeth Hahn Benge is collection manager for Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium and the Arts of Africa. Since joining the Art Institute in 2014, she has worked on a number of exhibitions and research projects, including efforts to test a theory that the museums Fragment of a Portrait of Antinous was once part of a bust of Antinous at the Palazzo Altemps in Rome, which culminated in an exhibition in 2016.
Benge holds three master’s degrees, in classical art, maritime archaeology, and library science. She is particularly interested in arts of the ancient Greeks from colonies in south Italy and Sicily and has worked on various excavations both on land and underwater in Sicily, Israel, and North America. Since 2020, she has been a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society in New York.