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Antiquities Circle Lecture


  • Tuesday
  • October 29, 2019
  • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm



What’s Old is New Again: Renovating Houses in Ancient Sicily


More than just a modern phenomenon, home renovation dates back thousands of years to the ancient Mediterranean. In this lecture, Dr. Nicole Berlin explores the renovation of Roman-era houses on the island of Sicily. She considers what motivated multicultural Sicilian homeowners to restore, recycle, or remove decorative elements in certain homes, including wall paintings, mosaics, and even sculptures. This lecture examines the fascinating and complex relationships that existed in the Greco-Roman world between homeowners, their identities, and the spaces they created.

Dr. Nicole Berlin is an art historian who focuses on the Greco-Roman world, in particular the houses of ancient Sicily. She holds a PhD and MA from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a BA from Northwestern University. Nicole is currently in her third year as the Zanvyl Krieger Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, Maryland) where she recently curated the show “Animal Tales: Hidden Stories in Medieval Manuscripts.” She also has held curatorial fellowships at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Johns Hopkins University Archaeological Museum. Nicole is an active field archaeologist and a member of the American Excavations at Morgantina (Sicily): Contrada Agnese Project. She also has participated in excavations at Chiusi in Italy and Tel Dor in Israel.

The Antiquities Circle presents lectures throughout the year that celebrate the Museum’s collection of Ancient Greek and Roman antiquities. We draw in scholars from around the country to discuss their expertise or share new discoveries in ancient art.

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  • Art+ Members:Free
  • Students (with valid ID):Free
  • Not-Yet Members:Free with regular Museum admission

Join us for a brief reception with light bites and drinks available for purchase at 6:30p. Lecture begins at 7p.

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Image: Torso of Aphrodite/Venus, Roman, 1st century AD. Marble; H. 117 cm. Tampa Museum of Art, Joseph Veach Noble Collection, purchased in part with funds donated by W.R.B. Enterprises, Inc., Judy and Bob Blanchard, and Jeanne and Jack Winter, 1986.134.