Images of Myth and Images of Life: On the Use and Abuse of Common Dichotomy
Prof. Giuliani will speak on Images of Myth and Images of Life: On the Use and Abuse of Common Dichotomy. In this talk he will address the art historical distinctions between Peinture d'Histoire and Peinture de Genre and discuss the way in which the failed attempts to apply similar distinctions to ancient Greek iconography can be a good starting point for understanding how the iconography actually works.
Luca Giuliani is the Rector of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin - Institute of Advanced Study and Professor of Greek and Roman Archaeology at the Humboldt Universität (since 2007). His current research focuses on the varied forms and functions of narrative iconography, ancient portraiture, the history of classical archaeology and archaeological collections as well as the interpretation of Philostratus’s Imagines. Born in Florence, he studied Greek and Roman archaeology, social anthropology and Italian literature in Basel and Munich, completing his Ph.D. in Basel (1975). He worked as a curator in the Antikenmuseum, Staatliche Museen in Berlin for over ten years until 1992 when he made the switch from museums to the university, teaching first in Freiburg and later at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich. His books include: Bildnis und Botschaft. Hermeneutische Untersuchungen zur Bildniskunst der römischen Republik (Frankfurt/Main 1986); Trauer, Tragik und Trost: Bildervasen für eine apulische Totenfeier (1995); Ein Geschenk für den Kaiser. Das Geheimnis des Grossen Kameo (München 2010); Possenspiel mit tragischem Helden. Mechanismen der Komik in antiken Theaterbildern (Göttingen 2013); Image and Myth: A History of Pictorial Narration in Greek Art (Chicago 2013).