Masterpiece Lecture Series: Jas' Elsner, Humfry Payne Senior Research Fellow In Classical Art
April 26, 2012
Anchoring the corner of the North and West Cloisters is the dramatic sarcophagus "Revelers Gathering Grapes." This large rectangular coffin depicts satyrs and maenads gathering grapes and is one of the most important objects of ancient art in the Gardner collection. Jas' Elsner, professor and scholar of the art of the Roman Empire, will consider the sarcophagus in its social and religious context in the Roman world.
Jas’ Elsner is a professor and scholar of the art of the Roman Empire from late antiquity through the early Middle Ages including Byzantium as well as the pre-Christian Classical world. Since 2003 he has been a Visiting Professor of the History of Art at the University of Chicago and has held visiting positions at the British School at Rome, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan and Princeton University. He is also a fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and the joint editor of Greek Culture in the Roman World with Cambridge University Press.
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