Art History

Back to Blog October 17, 2023

Art History co-sponsors talk: Gardens of Commemoration, from Rome to Philadelphia

Author: Jane DeRose Evans
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Dr. Victoria Austen, the Robert Oden, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovation in the Humanities and Classics at Carleton College, will be lecturing on gardens, which have come to be understood as a powerful setting in which societies embed a series of beliefs, myths and fictions. This talk will highlight the use of garden space in acts of commemoration form two seemingly disparate cultural and temporal contexts - the Mausoleum of Augustus and the Founder's Garden at Temple University - and explore how an ancient Roman tomb, reimagined in the sixteenth-century as a sculpture garden, can help us consider the ways in which the Founder's Garden mediates between past and present, real and imaginary, naturla and monumental.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held in person at 5 pm on Monday, October 30 in Charles Library 102 (Event Space)