National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Richard de Puma

Affiliation: University of Iowa

Richard De Puma is the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Classical Art and Archaeology at the School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, where he taught for more than thirty years. He earned his B.A. at Swarthmore College, and holds the M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr. He is on the advisory boards of several scholarly publications and only recently resigned the position of General Editor of the University of Wisconsin Press’ Studies in Classics series after more than a decade of service. In addition, he is a Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, and an elected member of both the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin, and the National Institute of Etruscan and Italic Studies in Florence. Most recently, he was Senior Curatorial Consultant for the exhibition “Art in Roman Life: Villa to Grave” at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. He is the author of nine books on various aspects of Etruscan and Roman art and archaeology, and has published more than fifty articles and book reviews in numerous scholarly journals here and in Europe. His third book on Etruscan engraved mirrors was published in Rome in December, 2005, and he is currently completing the exhibition catalogue for “Art in Roman Life” and another book on Etruscan forgeries. For many years he was on the Advisory Board of the American Journal of Archaeology and has been a long-time lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America. He has excavated in Italy, Turkey and India, and most recently has co-directed excavations at Crustumerium, an ancient Latin city just north of Rome. He is also Senior Curatorial Advisor for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. There he is collaborating on the major permanent reinstallation of the Etruscan and Roman galleries, scheduled to open in April 2007, as well as on two guidebooks to the new exhibitions. “


See Richard de Puma's work in the American Journal of Archaeology.

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