DeKALB – As part of the Elizabeth Allen Visiting Scholars in Art History Series at Northern Illinois University, John Osborne will present a lecture titled “The Monuments of Ancient Rome in the Medieval Imagination” at 5 p.m. March 21 in room 100 of Jack Arends Hall on campus.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
The buildings and statues of ancient Rome remained intact long after their origins and purposes had been forgotten, and served to define the urban landscape of the medieval city.
Confronted by these vestiges of antiquity on a daily basis, medieval Romans sought to appropriate and reinterpret these structures, incorporating them into a new meta-narrative of the city’s manifest destiny as the seat of Christianity.
This lecture will examine medieval appropriations of ancient buildings and statues in Rome, with a particular focus on the Pantheon and the Vatican obelisk.
For information, call the Art History Division at 815-753-7923.