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Clemente Marconi(on sabbatical spring 2017, on leave fall 2018)

James R. McCredie Professor in the History of Greek Art and Archaeology; University Professor; Director, IFA Excavations at Selinunte

B.A. 1990, University of Rome, La Sapienza
PhD 1997, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa

My main research interest is ancient Greek and Roman art and archaeology, with a focus on Greek art and architecture of the Archaic and Classical periods in its Mediterranean dimension. Having been educated in classics and Greek and Roman art and archaeology at the University of Rome La Sapienza and in art history at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, I have a broad interdisciplinary perspective on the ancient world, one that brings me to consider the visual arts beyond the narrow limits of connoisseurship. Thus, in my work, I pursue a hermeneutical approach, arguing for a closer interaction between the study of ancient art and disciplines such as semiotics, anthropology, and hermeneutics. In particular, my research is defined by a contextual approach and a particular interest in the form, meaning, and social function of images and monuments in their relationship with other media, including ritual performance. My publications include work on the full span of Greek and Roman art and architecture. In the first of my three main areas of expertise, I have published extensively on Archaic and Classical Greek urbanism, architecture, sculpture, and painting, with particular consideration of historiography and methodology. A second area of concern is the archaeology of ancient Sicily and Archaic Greek settlement in the West. Last but not least is my examination of the problem of cultural property, having been actively involved in the repatriation of important works of Greek art to Sicily.

Among my publications currently in press, as examples of my research interests, are the following: an essay on Derrida’s notion of parergonality and the frames of Greek vase-paintings for a volume on framing in ancient Greek and Roman art, edited by Michael Squire and Verity Platt (Cambridge University Press); the edition of the Morgantina Goddess, one of the best-preserved originals of Classical Greek sculpture, to be published in Antike Plastik (Berlin); an essay on Greek temples in southern Italy and Sicily for the Blackwell Companion of Greek Architecture; and the critical edition (together with Michael Kiene) of the album of drawings concerning ancient Sicilian architecture by the French-German nineteenth-century architect Jakob Ignaz Hittorff, to be published by the Universitäts- and Stadtbibliothek of Cologne.

My books include Selinunte: Le metope dell’Heraion (Panini, 1994) and Temple Decoration and Cultural Identity in the Archaic Greek World (Cambridge University Press, 2007), both dedicated to Greek temple decoration and Greek colonization in the West. Edited volumes include The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture (Oxford University Press, 2015), which contains thirty original contributions by leading scholars in the field and is being reviewed as an innovative contribution to the study of Greek and Roman art and architecture, filling a genuine need in the literature; Greek Vases: Images, Contexts, and Controversies (Brill, 2004), making a strong case for a contextual approach to the study of Greek painted vases; and the coedited volume Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome (Getty, 2013), linked to an exhibition held at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California, and in Cleveland, Ohio.

For a historian of ancient art, archaeology and fieldwork represent an essential dimension of both research and teaching. Besides being involved in the Institute of Fine Arts’ investigations in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods in Samothrace, including a new study of one of the most important buildings at the site, the so-called Anaktoron, since 2006, I have been directing the Institute’s excavations on the Akropolis of Selinunte in Sicily. Our work is focused on the main urban sanctuary of the Greek colony, and it is producing major discoveries concerning the history of the site from prehistory to the Hellenistic period and the ritual dimension of Archaic and Classical Greek sacred architecture.

I am currently working on three major publication projects. One is Kosmos: The Imagery of the Archaic Greek Temple, a critical reassessment of the use of images in sacred architecture in the Greek world from the Geometric all the way to the end of the Archaic period. The second is a volume on the art and archaeology of the Greeks in southern Italy and Sicily. My third project is the publication of the New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts Selinunte excavations. Volume 1, which is nearly completed, presents the results of our first five years of work and revolves around Temple B, temple architecture in Sicily in the Early Hellenistic period, and the cross-cultural relations between Greeks and the Punics in western Sicily. Volume 2 is devoted to Temple R, including our remarkable finds within the cella, which provide the first detailed knowledge of the biography of a Greek temple in Selinunte, from its construction in 580 BCE to its dismantling in the third century BCE during the First Punic War.

In 2012, I started the Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, inviting scholars to share their current work with the research community on ancient art and archaeology at the Institute of Fine Arts and in the New York metropolitan area and to meet and talk with our MA and PhD students. The decision to start the seminar came from the realization that the study of Greek and Roman art and architecture is at a critical stage. In recent years, the field has been characterized by an ever-increasing range of approaches, under the influence of various disciplines, such as sociology, semiotics, gender theory, anthropology, reception theory, and hermeneutics. The scope of this seminar is to explore key aspects of Greek and Roman art and architecture and to assess the state of the discipline by reviewing and subjecting its current larger theoretical implications, methodologies, and directions of research to critical scrutiny. Presenters include leading scholars in the field of Greek and Roman art, such as Tonio Hölscher, Olga Palagia, Jas Elsner, François Lissarrague, and Luca Giuliani.

My research, the Selinunte excavations, and the seminar have been critical for my students and myself in participating in a number of scholarly networks across the United States and Europe. My graduate students have participated in the regular program of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and have made numerous presentations at professional meetings, including the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of American. My own numerous invited lectures and keynote speeches have included, this past year, a keynote speech at the Annual Congress on Magna Graecia in Taranto, a series of seminars on the patronage of Greek art at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, and presentations of our work in Selinunte at the German Archaeological Institute in Rome, the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari, the University of Rome Tor Vergata, and the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in New Orleans.

I am a corresponding member of the Deutsches Archaeologisches Institut and a member of the managing committee of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. I have been involved in tenure, promotion, and award evaluations for Boston University, Case Western University, Columbia University, Stanford University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of California–Irvine, the University of California–Los Angeles, the University of Milan, the University of South Florida, and Yale University. I serve as referee for journals such as the American Journal of Archaeology and publishers such as Oxford University Press, for the Austrian Science Fund, the National Humanities Center, the Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca, the University of Rome La Sapienza, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari. I am also on the editorial boards of several journals, including Prospettiva and Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics.

Books

2014. ed. The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

2013. C. Lyons, M. Bennett and C. Marconi. eds. 2013. Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome. Los Angeles: Getty Publications.

2007. Temple Decoration and Cultural Identity in the Archaic Greek World: The Metopes of Selinus. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.

2004. ed. Greek Painted Pottery: Images, Contexts, and Controversies. New York and Leiden: Brill [Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition].

2002. L'Attività della Commissione di Antichità e Belle Arti in Sicilia. Parte V. Verbali delle Riunioni della Commissione, Anni 1863-1871. Palermo: Regione Siciliana [Quaderni del Museo Archeologico Regionale “Antonino Salinas,” 8, Suppl.].

2000. G. Lo Iacono and C. Marconi, L'Attività della Commissione di Antichità e Belle Arti in Sicilia. Parte IV. Verbali delle Riunioni della Commissione, Anni 1861-1863. Palermo: Regione Siciliana [Quaderni del Museo Archeologico Regionale “Antonino Salinas,” 6, Suppl.].

1999. G. Lo Iacono and C. Marconi, L'Attività della Commissione di Antichità e Belle Arti in Sicilia. Parte III. Verbali delle Riunioni della Commissione, Anni 1852-1860. Palermo: Regione Siciliana [Quaderni del Museo Archeologico Regionale “Antonino Salinas,” 5, Suppl.].

1998. G. Lo Iacono and C. Marconi, L'attività della Commissione di Antichità e Belle Arti in Sicilia. Parte II. 1835-1845. Palermo: Regione Siciliana (Quaderni del Museo Archeologico Regionale “Antonino Salinas", 4, Suppl.].

1997. G. Lo Iacono and C. Marconi, L'attività della Commissione di Antichità e Belle Arti in Sicilia. Parte I. 1827-1835. Palermo: Regione Siciliana [Quaderni del Museo Archeologico Regionale “Antonino Salinas,” 3, Suppl.].

1994. Selinunte. Le metope dell'Heraion. Modena: Panini.

Articles

2013. "Skopas in Samothrace." In Ο Σκόπας και ο Κόσμος του - Skopas and His World, eds. D. Katsonopoulou and A. Stewart. eds. 2013, III, 383-392. Paros: Institute of Archaeology of Paros and the Cyclades.

2013. “Mirror and Memory: Images of Ritual Actions in Greek Temple Decoration.” In Heaven on Earth: Temples, Ritual, and Cosmic Symbolism in the Ancient World, ed. Deena Ragavan, 425–446. Chicago: The University of Chicago. (Oriental Institute Seminars, num. 9)

2013. “The Goddess from Morgantina.” In Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome, eds. Claire Lyons, Michael Bennett and Clemente Marconi, 60. Los Angeles: Getty Publications.

2013. “Sculpture in Sicily from the Age of the Tyrants to the Reign of Hieron II.” In Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome, eds. Claire Lyons, Michael Bennett and Clemente Marconi, 159–172. Los Angeles: Getty Publications.

2012. “Le attività dell'Institute of Fine Arts – NYU sull'Acropoli di Selinunte (2006-2010).” In Atti delle settime giornate internazionali di studi sull'area elima e la Sicilia occidentale nel contesto mediterraneo. Erice, 12–15 ottobre 2009, ed. Carmine Ampolo, II, 279-286. Pisa: Scuola Normale Superiore.

2012. “Altari e potere.” In Arte-Potere. Forme artistiche, istituzioni, paradigmi interpretativi, eds. Marianna Castiglione and Alessandro Poggio, 195-205. Milano: LED.

2012. “Selinunte. City of Sanctuaries.” Current World Archaeology 5.8: 20-26.

2012. “Neue Ausgrabungen auf der Akropolis von Selinunt.” Antike Welt 5/2012: 7.

2012. “Pirro Marconi.” In Dizionario biografico dei Soprintendenti Archeologi (1904-1974), eds. Jeannette Papadopoulos and Silvia Bruni, 468-471. Bologna: Bononia University Press.

2012. “Between Performance and Identity: The Social Context of Stone Theaters in Late Classical and Hellenistic Sicily.” In Theater Outside Athens: Drama in Greek Sicily and South Italy, ed. Kathryn Bosher, 175-207. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2012. “Sicily and South Italy.” In A Companion to Greek Art, eds. Tyler Jo Smith and Dimitris Plantzos, 369-396. Malden: Blackwell Publishing.

2011. “L'identificazione della Dea di Morgantina.” Prospettiva 141-142: 2-31.

2011. “Le ricostruzioni dei templi [di Selinunte]: i primi duecento anni e le polemiche fra studiosi.” Kalos 23.3-4: 10-12.

2011. “Presentazione.” In Alberto Sposito, Morgantina. Il teatro ellenistico. Storia e restauri, 15-20. Rome: «L'Erma» di Bretschneider.

2011. “L'anima va alla guerra.” Romanobarbarica 20: 61-81.

2011. “The Birth of an Image. The Painting of a Statue of Herakles and Theories of Representation in Classical Greek Culture.” Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 59-60: 145-167.

2010. “Preface.” In Fabrizio Santi, I frontoni arcaici dell'Acropoli di Atene, 11-14. Rome: «L'Erma» di Bretschneider.

2010.”Orgoglio e pregiudizio. La connoisseurship della scultura in marmo dell'Italia meridionale e della Sicilia.” In Scolpire il marmo. Importazioni, artisti itineranti, scuole artistiche nel Mediterraneo antico, ed. Gianfranco Adornato, 339-359. Milano: LED.

2010. “Choroi, Theōriai and International Ambitions: The Hall of Choral Dancers and Its Frieze.” In Samothracian Connections. Essays in Honor of James R. McCredie, ed. Olga Palagia and Bonna D. Wescoat, 106-135. Oxford and Oakville: Oxbow Books.

2010. Clemente Marconi and Rosalia Pumo. “Un frammento di anathema fittile dal grande santuario urbano di Selinunte.” Mare Internum 2: 39-43.

2010. “Sculpture, Architectural.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, ed. Michael Gagarin, Volume 6, 247-257. New York: Oxford University Press.

2009. “Arte e insularità. Il caso delle metope del tempio F di Selinunte.” In Immagine e immagini della Sicilia e di altre isole del Mediterraneo antico. Atti delle seste giornate internazionali di studi sull'area elima e la Sicilia occidentale nel contesto mediterraneo. Erice, 12-16 ottobre 2006, ed. Carmine Ampolo, I, 259-268. Pisa: Scuola Normale Superiore.

2009. “Early Greek Architectural Sculpture in Function.” In KOINE: Mediterranean Studies in Honor of R. Ross Holloway, ed. Derek B. Counts and Anthony S. Tuck, 4-17. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

2009. “The Parthenon Frieze: Degrees of Visibility.” Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 55/56: 156-173.

2009. “Il rilievo con il ratto di Persefone dal Santuario della Malophoros: Un riesame.” In Temi Selinuntini, eds. Claudia Antonetti and Stefania De Vido, 191-205. Pisa: E.T.S.

2008. “Gli acroliti da Morgantina.” Prospettiva 130-131: 2-21.

2008. “Il tempio B di Selinunte: Hittorff, Serradifalco e la disputa sulla policromia dell'architettura greca nell'Ottocento.” Sicilia Antiqua 4: 59-91.

2008. Entries on the metopes of Selinunte in Rovine e rinascite dell'arte in Italia. Ruins and the Rebirth of Art in Italy, exhib. cat. Rome, October 3rd 2008 – February 15th 2009, eds. ElenaCagiano de Azevedo and Roberta Geremia Nucci. Rome: Electa.

2007. “Una dea da Morgantina a Malibu.” Kalos 19.2: 4-9.

2007. “Acrolithic and Pseudo-acrolithic Sculpture in Archaic and Classical Greece and the Provenance of the Getty Goddess.” In Cult Statue of a Goddess. Summary of Proceedings from a Workshop Held at the Getty Villa May 9, 2007, 4-13. Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Trust.

2006. “Le metope arcaiche di Selinunte. Un riesame.” In Guerra e pace in Sicilia e nel Mediterraneo antico (VIII-III sec. a.C.). Arte, prassi e teoria della pace e della guerra. Atti delle quinte giornate internazionali di studi sull'area elima e la Sicilia occidentale nel contesto mediterraneo. Erice, 12-15 ottobre 2003, Vol. II, ed. Chiara Michelini, 621-630. Pisa: Scuola Normale Superiore.

2006. “Mito e autorappresentazione nella decorazione figurata dei thesauroí di età arcaica.” In Stranieri e non cittadini nei santuari greci. Atti del convegno internazionale, ed. Alessandro Naso, 158-186. Firenze: Le Monnier.

2005. “I Theōroi di Eschilo e le antefisse sileniche siceliote.” Sicilia Antiqua 2: 75-93.

2005. “Gli acroliti di Morgantina.” In Urbanistica e architettura nella Sicilia Greca, ed. Patrizia Minà, 81. Palermo: Regione Siciliana.

2005. “La decorazione figurata di età classica.” In Urbanistica e architettura nella Sicilia Greca, ed. Patrizia Minà, 83-86, 213-214. Palermo: Regione Siciliana.

2005. “Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean Temples.” In Encyclopedia of Religion, Second Edition, ed. in chief Lindsay Jones, vol. 13, 9061-9065. New York: Macmillan Reference.

2004. “Gli dei in magazzino.” Kalos 16.3: 4-7.

2004. “Le metope del tempio F di Selinunte.” In Urbanistica e Architettura nella Sicilia Greca, exhib. catalogue, Agrigento, Museo Archeologico Regionale, 14 novembre 2004 - 14 maggio 2005, 9. Palermo: Regione Siciliana.

2004. “Images for a Warrior. On a Group of Athenian Vases and Their Public.” In Greek Painted Pottery: Images, Contexts, and Controversies, ed. Clemente Marconi, 27-40. New York and Leiden: Brill.

2004. “Kosmos: the Imagery of the Archaic Greek Temple.” Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 45: 211-224.

2002. Emanuela Guidoboni, Anna Muggia, Clemente Marconi, and Enzo Boschi. “A Case Study in Archaeoseismology: The Collapses of the Selinunte Temples (Southwestern Sicily): Two Earthquakes Identified.” Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 92: 2961-2982.

2002. “Gli Agoni.” In I Greci. Storia Cultura Arte Società. 4. Atlante, ed. Salvatore Settis, 761-789. Torino: Einaudi.

2002. “I Santuari.” In I Greci. Storia Cultura Arte Società.4. Atlante, ed. Salvatore Settis, 527-648. Torino: Einaudi.

2001. “L'agora e il santuario. I centri della vita pubblica nella polis di età arcaica e classica.” In La Civiltà dei Greci. Forme, luoghi, contesti, ed. Massimo Vetta, 225-267. Rome: Carocci.

2000. “La Magna Grecia.” In Enciclopedia Universale dell'Arte. Secondo Supplemento, 59-67. Novara: Istituto Geografico De Agostini.

1999. “L'arte della Sicilia Greca Arcaica.” La Sicilia Ricercata 1: 25-35.

1999. “IG XIV, 269. Per un altare ad Apollo Paian e Atena nella Selinunte del V secolo e per un equivoco in meno.” Quaderni del Museo Archeologico Regionale “Antonino Salinas” 5: 9-19.

1999. “Eracle in terra indigena ?” In Colle Madore. Un caso di ellenizzazione in terra sicana, ed. Stefano Vassallo, 293-305. Palermo: Regione Siciliana.

1999. “Clitennestra tra delitto e castigo: immagine e racconto mitico nello spazio sacro della Grecia arcaica.” In Im Spiegel des Mythos. Bilderwelt und Lebenswelt, ed. Francesco de Angelis and Susanne Muth, 31-41. Wiesbaden: Reichert [Palilia, 6].

1996-1997. “L'arrivo di Apollo. Sul frontone orientale del quinto Tempio di Apollo a Delfi.” Rivista dell'Istituto Nazionale d'Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte 19-20: 5-20.

1997. “I Titani e Zeus Olimpio. Sugli Atlanti dell'Olympieion di Agrigento.” Prospettiva 87-88: 2-13.

1997. “Immagini pubbliche e identità di una colonia: il caso delle metope del tempio “C” di Selinunte.” In Il dinamismo della colonizzazione greca, ed. Claudia Antonetti, 121-134. Napoli: Loffredo.

1997. “Storie di caccia in Sicilia occidentale.” In Atti seconde giornate internazionali di studi sull'area elima (Gibellina, 22-26 ottobre 1994), 1071-1120. Pisa: Scuola Normale Superiore; Gibellina: Comune di Gibellina.

1996. “La città visibile e i suoi monumenti.” In I Greci. Storia Cultura Arte Società. 2. Una storia greca. I. Formazione, ed. Salvatore Settis, 755-784. Torino: Einaudi.

1995. “Due studi sulle metope figurate dei templi “C” e “F” di Selinunte.” Rivista dell'Istituto Nazionale d'Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte 18: 5-67.

1995. “Arte dell'età di Polignoto. Le metope dell'Heraion (tempio E) di Selinunte.” In Lo stile severo in Grecia e in Occidente, ed. Nicola Bonacasa, 81-105. Rome: «L'Erma» di Bretschneider.

1994. “Kale Akte - Kalliste Zankle (Hdt., 6, 22-24).” Annali della Scuola Normale di Pisa 24: 873-877.

1994. “Iphigeneia a Selinunte.” Prospettiva 75-76: 50-54.

1988-1989. “Contributo alla conoscenza delle metope del tempio E di Selinunte.” Rendiconti della Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia 61: 55-69.

Reviews

2013. With Rosalia Pumo. Review of Maria Clara Conti, Le terrecotte architettoniche di Selinunte. Tetti del VI e V secolo a.C. Museo Civico di Castelvetrano e Parco Archeologico di Selinunte, 2012 (Pisa and Rome: Fabrizio Serra Editore). Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2013.10.06.

2013. Review of Marion Muller-Dufeu, «Créer du vivant.» Sculpteurs et artistes dans l'Antiquité grecque, Villeneuve d'Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2011. Journal of Hellenic Studies 133: 280–281.

2011. Review of Rosalba Panvini and Lavinia Sole, eds., La Sicilia in età arcaica. Dalle apoikiai al 480 a.C. Palermo: Regione Siciliana, Assessorato dei Beni Culturali, Ambientali e della Pubblica Istruzione. Centro Regionale per l'inventario, la catalogazione e la documentazione, 2009. Classical Review 61.1: 186-188.

2009. Review of Judith M. Barringer, Art, Myth, and Ritual in Classical Greece. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.07.53.

2008. Review of Joan B. Connelly, Portrait of a Priestess. Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University, 2007). Classical Review 58: 510-512.

2008. Review of John G. Pedley, Sanctuaries and the Sacred in the Ancient Greek World (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005). caa.reviews.

2007. Review of Judith H. Barringer and Jeffrey M. Hurwit, eds., Periklean Athens and its Legacy: Problems and Perspectives (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006): Classical Review: 212-214.

2007. Review of Claire L. Lyons, John K. Papadopoulos, Lindsey S. Stewart and Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, Antiquity & Photography: Early Views of Ancient Mediterranean Sites (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2006): Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation.

2002. Review of Chrissula Ioakimidou, Die Statuenreihen griechischer Poleis und Bünde aus spätarchaischer und klassischer Zeit (Munich: tuduv, 1997): Classical Review: 221-223.

2002. Review of Heiner Knell, Athen im 4. Jahrhundert v. Chr. – eine Stadt verändert ihr Gesicht. Archäologisch-kulturgeschichtliche Betrachtungen (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2000): Classical Review: 336-337.

1999. Review of Maria Clara Conti, Il più antico fregio dello Heraion del Sele (Torino: Le Lettere, 1994): Gnomon 71: 624-629.

1999. Review of Vinzenz Brinkmann, Die Friese des Siphnierschatzhauses (München: Biering & Brinkmann, 1994): Gnomon 71: 140-144.