Collecting Antiquities Among the Nazi Elite--via Zoom

Collecting Antiquities Among the Nazi Elite--via Zoom

Thursday, September 24, 2020

5:00 p.m. Arizona time
A FREE talk by Dr. Irene Romano, ASM Curator of Mediterranean Archaeology, Professor of Art History, Anthropology, and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Religious Studies and Classics
 

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 is a presentation of the Tucson Society of the Archaeological Institute of America,
co-sponsored by the Arizona State Museum, the University of Arizona Department of History,
Department of Classics and Religious Studies, the Program in Art History (School of Art),
School of Anthropology, and Hellenic Cultural Society.