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Goldberg Lecture: Bettina Bergmann: Across the Universe: the Bird’s Eye View in Roman Art

Thursday, November 02, 2017,
  • Location: Cohen Memorial Hall • 1220 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37212
  • Room: 203

The Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture in Art History Vanderbilt University Department of History of Art presents:

 

Bettina Bergmann The Helene Phillips Herzig '49 Professor of Art

Department of Art History

Mount Holyoke College

Across the Universe: the Bird’s Eye View in Roman Art
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

4:10pm with reception to follow talk 203 Cohen Memorial Hall

The Romans knew navigation on land and sea, but not the perspectives and sensations achieved in flight. The innovative device of the elevated, inclusive bird's eye view presented an impossible array of viewpoints as one harmonious, coordinated whole. From the mythological flights of Icarus and Phaethon to two-dimensional city grids, the elevated view reveals the critical role of boundaries in defining space and the compelling imperative of integration. It invites the viewer's exploration and ordering of great expanses, cognitive processes that resonated with the acquisition of empire.

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