Opening Tuesday, December 10th, from 6PM - 10PM
Patrick Crowley discusses “The Phantom Image: Seeing the Dead in Ancient Rome.” He will be in conversation with Seth Estrin. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
At the Co-op
About the book: In this original and wide-ranging study, Patrick R. Crowley uses the figure of the ghost to offer a new understanding of the status of the image in Roman art and visual culture. Tracing the shifting practices and debates in antiquity about the nature of vision and representation, Crowley shows how images of ghosts make visible structures of beholding and strategies of depiction. Yet the figure of the ghost simultaneously contributes to a broader conceptual history that accounts for how modalities of belief emerged and developed in antiquity. Neither illustrations of ancient beliefs in ghosts nor depictions of the afterlife more generally, these images ultimately show us something about the visual event of seeing itself
About the author: Patrick R. Crowley is assistant professor of art history at the University of Chicago.
About the interlocutor: Seth Estrin is assistant professor of art history at the University of Chicago.