Lecture: Searching for Antinous: New Discoveries in the Field and Museum by Elizabeth Bartman

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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Price: Free | Seating is limited and first come, first served | Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Head of Antinous as Dionysos, Roman, A.D. 130-138, Marble, h. 15 in. (38.1 cm), San Antonio Museum of Art, gift of Gilbert M. Denman, Jr. Photography by Peggy Tenison.

Antinous, the beautiful youth beloved by the Roman emperor Hadrian, was memorialized after his death by scores of sculpted portraits.  Many of these are among some of the most exquisite images to survive from antiquity and have been admired since the Renaissance; yet centuries later they and their subject remain enigmatic. Dr. Elizabeth Bartman’s lecture will consider some new finds at Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli as well as several little known museum portraits in the hope of shedding new light on this shadowy figure. 

Elizabeth Bartman, Ph.D., 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).


Seating is limited and first come, first served. Doors to the auditorium will open at 6:00 p.m. Please arrive early.

This lecture is in partnership with the Southwest Texas Archaeological Society.

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