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Exhibiting Classical Antiquity during the Nazi Era

The Lancellotti Discus Thrower. Courtesy of the National Roman Museum.

When: Friday, October 14, 2022
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Central

Where: Kresge Hall, 1515, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Elizabeth Upenieks   (847) 491-7597

Group: Department of Art History

Category: Academic, Fine Arts


Much has been written about the interest in Greek and Roman antiquity and its appropriation under National Socialism, but among the questions that have not been asked in the abundance of scholarship on the Nazi period are: first, do the rhetoric, propaganda, and supposed Nazi preference for the classical aesthetic match what we know about the practice of collecting classical antiquities, both among the Nazi elite and for museums in Germany and wider Reich? And, secondly, how and where was classical art exhibited during this period? Dr. Romano will discuss both public museum exhibitions, as well as what we know about displays of classical antiquities in the private spaces of Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring, highlighting the use of copies of classical works of art and the promotion of Neo-classical art by approved Nazi artists. Finally, Dr. Romano will call attention to some recent museum exhibitions that reveal the Nazi history of specific classical antiquities. 

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