Kenneth Lapatin is Curator of Antiquities with the J. Paul Getty Museum, specializing in Greek and Roman art. He has curated exhibitions on themes ranging from Athenian vases, polychrome sculpture, and Hellenistic bronzes to antiquity in the Middle Ages and the modern reception of Pompeii. His principal research interests include the materials, techniques, and functions of ancient art; the history of collections; luxury in ancient art; and forgery.
He holds his degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.), and Oxford University (M. Stud.), and his areas of specialization are ancient Mediterranean Art and archaeology (particularly the Aegean Bronze Age, Greek and Roman), historiography, forgery, reception, and luxury arts. He has conducted fieldwork in Caesaria Martima (Israel), Roma and Corinth, and his main publications include “Chryselephantine Statuary in the Ancient Mediterranean World”, and “Mysteries of the Snake Goddess: Art, Desire, and the Forging of History”.
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