October 9th: Lecture by Liliana Leopardi

Collecting Magical Gems in the Early Modern Period

What happens to ancient artifacts after their discovery? How are they used and why? Such issues of cultural heritage are well known to archaeologists today. But what about past centuries? During the Italian Renaissance gems and intaglios were collected not only because of their historical importance but also because they were believed to be repositories of magical and occult virtues. Thus, individuals such as Lorenzo de’ Medici used and collected such renown cameos as the Seal of Nero for their supposed apotropaic qualities. Dr. Leopardi will explore this phenomenon in her presentation.

(Co-sponsored by the Department of Classical & Oriental Studies)

October 9 at 6:30 pm (Reception to follow)
Hemmerdinger Hall, Hunter College, Lexington & 68th Street