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Roman art, especially that of the private realm; copying and emulation in Roman art; uses made of Roman art by the italian fascist government.
150F Tappan Hall and the Kelsey Museum
Office Location(s): 150F Tappan Hall and the Kelsey Museum
Office Hours: T & Th 12:30-1:30pm and by appointment
Elaine Gazda is professor of classical art and archaeology and curator of Hellenistic and Roman antiquities at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. Her research centers on Roman art, especially that associated with the private realm. She is currently working on issues of copying and emulation in roman art and the uses made of Roman art by the italian fascist government. She has published on Roman portraiture, ideal sculpture, late antique mythological sculpture, Pompeian wall painting and on a modern replica of paintings in the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii. Her research extends to a variety of collections in the Kelsey Museum where she has curated numerous exhibitions. She also works on Roman concrete construction, especially that of the harbor of Cosa in Italy.
Books and exhibition catalogues:
The Ancient Art of Emulation: Studies in Artistic Originality and Tradition from the Present to Classical Antiquity (Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, Supplement no. 1: Ann Arbor 2002).
The Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii: Ancient Ritual, Modern Muse (Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and University of Michigan Museum of Art, 2000).
Roman Art in the Private Sphere (University of Michigan Press, 1991).
The Roman Port of Cosa: A Center of Ancient Trade, (Princeton University Press, 1987) with A.M. McCann, J. Bourgeois, J.P. Oleson and E.L. Will.
"Cosa's Contribution to the Study of Roman Hydraulic Concrete: An Historiographic Commentary," New Light from Ancient Cosa: Classical Mediterranean Studies in Honor of Cleo Rickman Fitch, ed. N. W. Goldman (American Academy in Rome/Peter Lang, New York 2001)145-177.
"Reconsidering Repetition: Roman Sculpture and the Ethos of Emulation," Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 97 (1995) 121-156.
"Roman Portraiture: Reflections on the Question of Context," Journal of Roman Archaeology 6 (1993) 289-302, with Anne E. Haeckl.
Selected museum projects:
Images of Empire: Marble Fragments in Rome and Ann Arbor Rejoined (Kelsey Museum in collaboration with the Museo Nazionale Romano, Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma) 1996.
The Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii: Ancient Ritual, Modern Muse (Kelsey Museum and University of Michigan Museum of Art) 2000.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
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