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Online Lecture: “The Perplexing Voyage of the San Antonio Marine Mosaic: Ostia Antica Travels to San Antonio” with John Clarke

Modem copy of a mosaic depicting a Nereid, in the Baths of the Seven Sages, Ostia, 20th century, 41 15/16 x 80 7/8 in. (106.5 x 205.5 cm), gift of Gilbert M. Denman, Jr. 91.80.92 Uploaded by lindsy
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.

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