Archaeological Institute of America Fall 2020 Series Featuring Irene Bald Romano

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Tucson Society Fall 2020 Series presents, "Collecting Antiquities Among the Nazi Elite," with Professor Irene Bald Romano, Art History and Anthropology, University of Arizona. This event will be hosted on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 5:00pm using Zoom Meetings. Please register in advance of the event!

Much has been written about Hitler’s interest in classical antiquity and its appropriation under National Socialism, but the question that has not been asked is: do the rhetoric/propaganda and classical aesthetic match the practice among the Nazi elite of collecting antiquities? It would seem evident that ancient art would have been much desired by Hitler and the upper echelons of the Nazi party, been on center stage in “art as politics” under National Socialism, and been sought after in the quest for great works of art for museums in the Reich. Yet, there is only limited evidence to show this was the case. In this illustrated lecture, Dr. Romano will explore what we know about the ancient collections of Hitler and Göring, as well as those acquired for the so-called “Führermuseum” envisioned in Linz, and will attempt to explain the discrepancies between National Socialist ideology and the reality of the collecting of classical antiquities in the Nazi period.

This event is co-sponsored by the AIA Society of Tucson and Southern Arizona, the Department of Classics and Religious Studies in the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona, the University of Arizona School of Art, the University of Arizona School of Anthropology, the Arizona State Museum, and the Hellenic Cultural Foundation.


5 p.m. Sept. 24, 2020


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