The Power and Function of Ancient Images


In 2008–2009 the scholars program at the Getty Villa builds upon the work of Villa Professor François Lissarrague and focuses on the creation, circulation, and reception of images in antiquity. How ancient images functioned in later periods will also be of interest. The Greek polis gave birth to a foundational system of representation based on a precise idea of the human body. How were these representations employed? What were the Bronze Age antecedents of such images? What criteria did the Etruscans and the Romans use in selecting and reproducing Greek images? More generally, how did images "react" to the subjectivities of viewers both at the centers and the periphery of the Greco-Roman world? Scholars who wish to be in residence at the Getty Villa and whose projects address the power, transfer, and function of images in the ancient Mediterranean world are encouraged to apply.



Villa Professor


François Lissarrague is Professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales Centre Louis Gernet, Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Paris. He specializes in Attic imagery, iconography, and Greek vase painting.
The Power and Function of Ancient Images
(September–June)



Visiting Scholars


Eve D'Ambra is Professor and Chair, Department of Art at Vassar College. She specializes in Roman sculpture and portraiture, as well as issues of urbanism in the capital and the provinces.
Beauty and the Roman Portrait: The Private Portrait in the High Empire

Christopher Faraone is The Frank Curtis Springer and Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor in the Humanities and in the College, University of Chicago. He specializes in ancient Greek magic, ritual, and mythology.
The Function and History of Ancient Greek Amulets
(January–March)

Valérie Huet is Maître de Conférence in the history department at Université Paris 7 – Denis Diderot, UFR GHSS. She specializes in images of sacrifice, the banquet and ritual activity in Rome.
Images of "Greek" Rituals in Rome
(January–March)

Niall Slater is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Latin & Greek, Department of Classics at Emory University. He specializes in ancient theater, archaeology of the theater, the ancient novel, and gender studies.
Envisioning Apuleius
(September–December)

Adrian Staehli is Privatdozent (assistant professor and lecturer) at the Archaeologisches Seminar, Universität Zürich. He specializes in the cultural history of images from classical antiquity, Greek sculpture, vase painting, portraiture, and the history of collecting.
Images of Media: Images and Social Communication in Archaic and Classical Athens
(April–June)

Marie-Christine Villanueva-Puig is Researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS): Centre Louis Gernet, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris. She specializes in Greek vase forms, painting, and ancient iconography.
Power and Function of Images in the City of Athens in the Archaic and Classical Periods (sixth-fifth centuries b.c.)
(April–June)



Postdoctoral Fellow


Francesca Tronchin is Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Art History at The Ohio State University. She specializes in Roman domestic decor and issues of eclecticism in ancient sculptural displays.
Eclecticism in Roman Domestic Ensembles
(September–June)