Patrick R. Crowley

Biography

Patrick R. Crowley specializes in the art and archaeology of the Roman world. In addition to traditional categories of Roman art such as sarcophagi and portraiture, his research interests include ancient aesthetics, theories of vision and representation, and phenomenological approaches to the matter of visual evidence, including the historical intersections among documentary photography, digital media, and the production of knowledge in classical archaeology. His research has been supported by the Getty Research Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. His current book project, provisionally titled “The Phantom Image: Visuality and the Supernatural in Ancient Rome,” is the first major historical study of ghosts in the art and visual culture of classical antiquity.

Publications

Doubting Thomas and the Matter of Embodiment on Early Christian Sarcophagi,” special issue of Art History (“The Embodied Object”), forthcoming

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“Factitious Gems and the Matter of Facts in Pliny's Natural History,” in The Nature of Art. Pliny the Elder on Materials, edsAnna Anguissola and Andreas Grüner (Brepols, forthcoming)

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“The Farnese Sarcophagus in Antiquity,” in Life, Death, and Revelry: The Farnese Sarcophagus, ed. Christina Nielsen (London: Holberton, 2018)

 

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“Crystalline Aesthetics and the Classical Concept of the Medium,” West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture (Fall/Winter 2016)

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“Roman Death Masks and the Metaphorics of the Negative,” Grey Room (Summer 2016)

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Profiles

Charles Cohen
Charles Cohen
Italian Renaissance and Mannerist Art
CWAC 258
773.702.0619
Potters Wheel
Richard Neer
Ancient Greek Art and Architecture
CWAC 259
773.702.5890
Andrei Pop
Andrei Pop
Modern Art and Aesthetics
1130 East 59th Street
773.702.8410
Megan Sullivan
Megan Sullivan
Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art
CWAC 272
773.702.5126
Lisa Zaher
Modern and Contemporary Art
2013-14
University of Chicago
Conservation Research Fellow