Department of Classics

Ulf R Hansson


PhD, University of Gothenburg

Research Fellow
Ulf R Hansson

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Etruscan and Early Roman Art and Archaeology; Sphragistics; History of Antiquarianism and Archaeology; Early Modern Reception of Ancient Art and Culture

Biography


I’m a classical archaeologist and art historian, now working mostly on Etruscan art and archaeology, the history of scholarship, knowledge and cultural transfer (antiquarianism and archaeology), the early modern antiquities market, collecting and collections (ancient and neoclassical engraved gems and sculpture, revivalist jewelry), and early modern reception of ancient art and culture. I’m currently working on a major dactyliotheca (gem cast cabinet, see below) in the collection of UT Classics Dept., a book about the widely influential antiquary and collector Philipp von Stosch (1691-1757), and on a longer journal article on antiquarian networks in early 18th-century Europe.

ANCIENT ART & ARCHAEOLOGY. I’m the author of a chapter on engraved gems in Routledge's The Etruscan World, ed. J. MacIntosh Turfa (2013). My PhD diss. (Gothenburg 2005) was on late Etruscan and Italic engraved gems. A much expanded version with a Gesamtkatalog covering the entire glyptic production in pre-Roman central Italy is in preparation. My current research concerns body language and gesture in Etruscan art of the archaic period. My research interests also include Greek and Roman sculpture and, more generally, problems of iconography and the contextual interpretation of Greek, Etruscan and Roman visual culture.

HISTORY OF ARCHAEOLOGY & ANTIQUARIANISM. I've just completed a major study of the scholarly production of the German archaeologist Adolf Furtwängler (1853-1907; sponsored by the Swedish Research Council, this project is now under publication. In connection with this project work I organised the international conference «Classical Archaeology in the Late Nineteenth Century, 1870-1900» at the Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome (2013, forthcoming). I am also on the admin board of the Histories of Archaeology Research Network (HARN) and co-organiser of HARN annual conferences (2015-). My current research in this field concerns antiquarian networks in 18th-century Europe and instrumental figures such as Stosch, Bernard de Montfaucon, Anton Francesco Gori, le comte de Caylus, Pierre-Jean Mariette, Philipp Daniel Lippert, Johann Joachim Winckelmann and Pierre-Hugues d’Hancarville. A recent focus has been Stosch and his antiquarian circle in Rome and Florence. A longer study of Stosch's and Winckelmann's work on ancient engraved gems was recently published in the journal MDCCC 1800 (Edizioni Ca' Foscari) accessible here

HISTORY OF COLLECTING & COLLECTIONS. My recent and current research concerns the study and collecting of ancient and neoclassical gems and sculpture in 18th-century Europe. I’m interested in 18th- and 19th-century reproduction of ancient and neoclassical gems: impressions and casts in glass paste, sulphur, plaster, wax and other materials by major workshops like Dehn, Lippert, Tassie, Paoletti and Cades as well as lesser known studios and private individuals. I’m working on a catalog of an early 20th-century dactyliothecae (gem cast cabinet) in the collection of the University of Texas at Austin, plus a corpus of dactyliothecae in Scandinavian collections. My publications in this field so far concern Lippert’s Dactyliotheca Universalis project (1755-76).

JEWELRY HISTORY. I'm also interested in so-called revivalist jewelry, especially "Etruscanising" and other “archaeological” works by the Castellani, Giuliano, Melillo, Fontenay and other 19th-century workshops. A book chapter on 18th- and 19th-century popular reception of Etruscan engraved gems and jewelry has just been published (An Etruscan Affair, British Museum Research Publication 211, 2018).

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