Abstract: Mistaken identities: tracking down Roman emperors in modern art


This is a lecture about the representation of Roman emperors in Renaissance and later art -- why were they such a popular subject, were they just wall-paper for the elite (why choose such a bunch of murderous thugs as a badge of status?), and how we are so bad at identifying them.  This lecture will be referring in part to the exhibition "Silver Caesars" showing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC (winter and spring of 2017/2018).

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