Verity Platt, Cornell University

Associate Professor Ithaca, New York vjp33@cornell.edu

Bio/Research

I specialize in Greek and Roman art history, and have a particular interest in the relationship between ancient literary and visual cultures, especially in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

My research and publications focus on the material and visual culture of religion; the relationsh...


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Bio/Research

I specialize in Greek and Roman art history, and have a particular interest in the relationship between ancient literary and visual cultures, especially in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

My research and publications focus on the material and visual culture of religion; the relationship between images and texts; ancient theories of representation and sense-perception; creative lives and the concept of the artist; Roman wall-painting and funerary art; Graeco-Roman seal-stones; and Greek literature under the Roman Empire.

My current book project, Beyond Ekphrasis: Making Objects Matter in Classical Antiquity, explores the ways in which Hellenistic and Roman texts address the materiality, facture and haptic qualities of works of art, in relation to ancient models of sense-perception. Moving beyond the concepts of description and imitation, which have dominated so much scholarship on the text-image relationship in antiquity, it focuses in particular on the language of the impression and narratives of making, addressing the verbal and conceptual strategies that authors employ when dealing with the physicality of art objects.


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