AIA Norton Lecturer: “Mistaken Identities: Tracking down Roman Emperors in Modern Art” (Mary Beard)

Speaker: Dr. Mary Beard, Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge

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 is her “reception” topic, and in it she 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.