A Closer Look Gallery Talk
A Closer Look: Amherst’s Roman Sea Nymph Sarcophagus with Dr. Elizabeth Bartman, President of the Archaeological Institute of America
Join renowned Roman sculpture expert Elizabeth Bartman for a closer look at Amherst’s recently acquired Roman sarcophagus. Dr. Bartman, the current president of the Archaeological Institute of America, holds a doctorate in art and archaeology from Columbia University. Amherst’s marble sarcophagus, beautifully decorated with sea nymphs riding marine centaurs, was made for ten-year-old Laberia Alexandria and her six-year-old brother Sylvanus. An inscribed poem, newly translated by Richard Wilbur, records the grief of their mother. Dr. Bartman will offer a brief overview of Roman sarcophagi and discuss the significance of this major new addition to the Mead’s collection.
President of the Archaeological Institute of America Elizabeth Bartman was trained as a classicist at Brown University (B.A.) and received her graduate degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) in art and archaeology from Columbia. Having taught at various institutions including Johns Hopkins, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Columbia, Dr. Bartman works today as an independent scholar specializing in Greek and Roman art and archaeology. She has published several books and numerous articles on her area of special interest, Roman sculpture. Her work has been supported by major grants from the Getty, the Metropolitan Museum, the NEH as well as other organizations. She has excavated at Carthage with the University of Michigan and the Athenian Agora with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Elected President of the AIA in 2011, she has served the Institute in various roles for nearly three decades. She has lectured for the AIA since 1996 on a variety of topics and in 2002 held the AIA’s prestigious Joukowsky lectureship. She is a Rome Prize Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London).
This event is made possible with generous support from the Samuel B. Cummings Lectureship Fund.