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Rudolf Winkes

Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology, History of Art and Architecture & Old World Archaeology and Art:
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World & Department of History of Art & Architecture
Phone: +1 401 863 3188
Rudolf_Winkes@Brown.EDU

Professor Winkes' areas of expertise include Roman portraiture, Greek sculpture, portraiture, Roman painting, and Greek & Roman crafts, the impact of Greek and Roman culture on later periods and the art of emerging Christianity. He is working on a book on birds in Roman and Early Christian art. Excavations include Corfu in Greece, and currently Tongobriga, a Portuguese National Monument. It is a Roman town with pre-Roman (Celtic) structures underneath.

Biography

Professor Winkes, the co-founder of the former Center for Old World Archaeology and Art (which preceded the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World), is best known as a specialist in Roman portraiture, but he has also published and is interested in a range of other media and subjects from the Greek Archaic period to the rise of Christianity. He has excavated on the Greek island of Corfu for a dozen years.
In recent years he has been excavating at the site of Tongobriga, a Roman town in the north of Portugal. This project will end with a study season in 2009.
His research interests are also reflected through his role as mentor for dissertations and theses. These have been on such subjects as: Roman Portraiture, Painting and Architecture, Jewelry, Gems and Cameos, Hellenistic sculpture, Late Roman mosaics and Classical tradition. Several international collaborations were initiated by Professor Winkes at the former Center: An exchange with the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil, an exchange of senior scholars with the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin. The Corfu excavation was in collaboration with the Greek Archaeological Service and the Université de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. The Tongobriga excav ation is a collaboration with a branch of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, the Instituto de Gestão do Património Arquitectónico e Arqueológico (IGESPAR).
Museum work has always been a part of his career. In the beginning he was a visiting curator from Brown at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design which resulted in his catalogue on Roman Paintings and Mosaics (Providence, 1982). He directed three exhibitions that were part of the graduate program in the History of Art: The Classical Spirit in American Portraiture, Gold Jewelry, and Portraits and Propaganda. Working together with the late Prof. Hackens from Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium, two of the exhibitions became international projects. For these he received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Over the years, he has also been interested in publishing artifacts (paintings, jewelry and bronzes) that had been housed since the beginning of the 20th century in the storage of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
Recently, Professor Winkes has begun a new research project on the representation of birds in Roman imperial art. He retired from the faculty in the summer of 2007 and was appointed as Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology, History of Art and Architecture and Old World Archaeology and Art.

Interests

Prof. Winkes is best known as a specialist in Roman portraiture, but he has also published and is interested in a range of other media and subjects from the Greek Archaic period to the rise of Christianity. He has excavated on Corfu for a dozen years and recently at the site of Tongobriga, a Roman town in the north of Portugal. He has initiated several international collaborations with the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin and the Universidade de São Paulo. The Corfu excavation was conducted in collaboration with the Greek Archaeological Service and also included, for twelve years, the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. Tongobriga is done in collaboration with IGESPAR, a branch of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture.
Museum work has also been a part of his career. In the beginning he was a visiting curator from Brown at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. His work at the Museum resulted in his catalogue on Roman Paintings and Mosaics (Providence, 1982). He directed three exhibitions that were part of the graduate program in the History of Art: The Classical Spirit in American Portraiture, Gold Jewelry, and Portraits and Propaganda. Working together with the late Prof. Hackens from Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium, two of these exhibitions became international projects. For these he received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Over the years, he has also been interested in publishing artifacts (paintings, jewelry and bronzes) that had been housed in the storage of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago since the beginning of the 20th century.
Recently, Professor Winkes has begun a new research project on the representation of birds in Roman imperial art.

Degrees

Ph.D., Giessen University, 1969

Awards

Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute
Recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and American Philosophical Society grants, as well as grants-in-aid from various institutions over the years for various projects.

Affiliations

Corresponding Member of German Archaeological Institute
Member of the American Institute of Archaeology
Formerly on the board of editors for American Journal of Archaeology
Board of editors for the Rivista do Museu Arqueológico da Universidade de São Paulo
Panelist on Javits Fellowship for the Arts (the Humanities as well as the Social Sciences), U.S. Department of Education for over 5 years
Grant and fellowship reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Austrian Fonds zur Förderung der Forschung, the Howard Foundation, and the Dean's Fellowship at Brown

Funded Research

Senior Research Fellow, German Archaeological Institute, Paris, West Germany and Berlin, 1986.
J.P. Getty Research Grant with IRIS, January-August, 1986.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grant for Portraits and Propaganda: Faces of Rome, an exhibition held at Brown University, DePaul University, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, 1989/90
Dean of Research, Brown University, grant-in-aid, 1989/90
Dean of the College, Brown University, grant to prepare MOT course, 1989
Leventis Family Foundation, 3-year grant underwriting the costs for excavations on Corfu, 1994-1997
Four University Teaching and Research Assistantship (UTRA) grants, Dean of the College, Brown University to bring students on excavations

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Curriculum Vitae

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