AAMW521 - TOPICS IN ANCIENT MEDIT

Topic varies. Spring 2017: Antiquities from the island of Cyprus are at the heart of the history of ancient art in North America. Prominently, in the late nineteenth century, Luigi Palma di Cesnola s controversial Cypriot collection fascinated visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over time Cypriot art was displaced by acquisitions from Greece, Italy, Egypt, and the Near East. Today, redisplays of Cypriot art from the monumental to the miniature emphasize the island s artistic interconnections with neighboring regions and the ingenuity of Cypriot imagery. This seminar examines exhibitions of ancient art from the Bronze Age to the Roman period through the lens of Cyprus as part of the planning for a new gallery in the Penn Museum. Penn Museum s excavations at Lapithos and Kourion on Cyprus are the main sources for its important and well-recorded collection. Students will explore approaches to the visual and contextual display of this material. Several sessions will be held in the Penn Museum. Open to advanced undergraduates by permission of the instructor.
Section 401 - SEM - ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN: Textiles, Dress, and Bronze Age Interconnections
W 1200PM-0300PM
SMITH, JOANNA
VAN PELT LIBRARY 402