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Roman Empresses: Power and Family in Roman Art
Date: Thursday November 6, 2008, at 7:30 pm
Location: Auditorium, Getty Villa
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Roman artists specialized in depicting the power of their rulers. But how did women figure in representations of power? Portraying family was crucial because having heirs guaranteed dynastic survival, but women, even empresses, were rarely depicted with any overt signs of personal power. Still, written sources tell us that elite women often were figures to contend with. In this lecture, Natalie Kampen, professor of art history at Barnard College, New York, explores this problem and reveals clues to women's links to power in Roman art.