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Ancient Art & Architecture : Background and context

Researching the ancient world

Since there is less evidence available when researching ancient objects and monuments, researchers rely on insights from ancient literature, history, religion, anthropology and archaeology.  The field is international, with many texts in German, French and Italian.



Librarian / Research Help

Photograph of Barbara Prior, the Art Librarian

Barb Prior (she/her)  Head, Clarence Ward Art Library
Top Floor, Venturi Art Building
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Supports classes across the College and Conservatory and those using the Allen Memorial Art Museum

Subject expert for: 
Art & architecture of East Asia, Africa, Latin America, Islam, the Ancient Mediterranean, the Western Middle Ages, the Renaissance & Baroque periods, and Global Art of the 20th c & 21st c.
Complete list of Barb's Research Guides

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