Lecture: Modern Challenges in Ancient Art

Presented on March 22, 2018 by Dr. Maxwell L. Anderson, consulting scholar, Mediterranean Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and president, Souls Grown Deep Foundation

The exhibition Rome: City and Empire offers visitors insight into the objects used in worship, commemoration, and decoration in the Roman Empire. In this talk, Dr. Maxwell L. Anderson, author of Antiquities: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2016), will summarize multiple perspectives about the issues facing us today in protecting ancient heritage, including the care and supervision of excavations and museum collections, the international treaties and laws governing the circulation of objects from antiquity, and the state of the art trade and public and private collecting.

Anderson earned his bachelor’s degree in art history at Dartmouth College in 1977, and his doctorate at Harvard University in 1981. His background in the field of antiquities includes seven years as a curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1981–87) and almost thirty years as a museum director (1987–2015).

Anderson’s publications include the monograph Pompeian Frescoes in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1987) and dozens of articles, along with two books: The Quality Instinct: Seeing Art Through a Museum Director’s Eye (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012) and Antiquities: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2016). He was decorated as a Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Knight Commander in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic) in 1990, and named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic) in 2010.

This lecture is supported in part by Vanderbilt University’s Department of History of Art and Department of Classical and Mediterranean Studies.


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