When: Tue., Nov. 30, 6-7 p.m. 2021
In 1964 Gilbert Denman purchased a duly-authenticated black-and-white mosaic said to be from the environs of Ostia Antica for his fine collection of Greek and Roman art. In this lecture Prof. John R. Clarke, a specialist on Roman mosaics, will present evidence that the mosaic is a fake, created by copying and reversing the orientation of figures from two mosaics at the famous archaeological site itself. He will share the details of his research on this forgery and the art dealer who sold it to Mr. Denman. This will be a story without a conclusion since the research is ongoing.