The emperors of Rome employed the finest artists of their day to create portraits and relief sculptures celebrating the rulers’ achievements, real and fictional, and to commemorate their deification after their deaths. They also asked the same artists to modify or destroy the monuments of emperors whose memories the Senate had damned. Professor Kleiner will examine the Roman use of art to manipulate public opinion and the writing and rewriting of history in selected masterpieces of Roman “historical” art.
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May 14, 2011, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Deification and Damnation: The Creation and Destruction of Art in Imperial Rome
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Presented by Dr. Fred. S. Kleiner Professor of History of Art and Archaeology, and Chair, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Boston University
Admission: Free/AAC members; suggested donation $5 /General