Vanessa Rousseau

Adjunct Instructor
Degree
B.A., University of Minnesota
M.A., University of St. Thomas
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Office
44 N. Cleveland Ave.
Phone
(651) 962-5560
Fax
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5560
Mail
44C

Specialization: The ancient-medieval Mediterranean, object authenticity, looting and the antiquities trade

Vanessa Rousseau specializes in the art and archaeology of the Ancient- Medieval Mediterranean, with a particular interest in cross-cultural and inter-media exchange in the Late Antique era. She also works on interdisciplinary object authentication, exhibitions and looting and the antiquities trade. She is the Specialist for Wall Paintings and Skoutlosis with the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, president of the Minnesota chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America and Antiquities Consultant for the Weisman Art Museum.

Publications

M. Rautman and V. Rousseau. “The Interior decoration of the Sardis Synagogue.” In The Sardis Synagogue, edited by Andrew Seager et al. Harvard University Press. (Forthcoming)

“Ornament and surface acceptance in Late Antique wall painting.” In Actes du XIIe Colloqie de l’Association Internationale pour la Peinture Murale Antique (Athens 16-20 September, 2013), edited by Eric Moormann. Leuven: Babesch. (Forthcoming)

V. Rousseau and P. Northover. “Style and Substance: A Bust of a Sasanian Royal Woman as a Symbol of Late Antique Legitimacy.” Journal of Late Antiquity 8.1 (May 2015): 3-31, figs 1-34.

“Paradisiacal Tombs And Architectural Rooms In Late Roman Sardis: Period Styles And Regional Variants.” In Actes du XIe Colloqie de l’Association Internationale pour la Peinture Murale Antique (Ephesos 13-17 September, 2010), edited by Norbert Zimmermann, 193-98, taf. LXVIII-LXX. Vienna: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.

“Everyday Life at the Crossroads of the Ancient Mediterranean.” Gallery guide. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota.

“The Emblem of an Empire: The Development of the Byzantine Empress’ Crown.” Al-Masāq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean. Volume 16, Number 1, March 2004.

Yoruba Dress for Orisha Oko [1999.133.6]. Elvehjem Bulletin 2001-03: 18–19. Author Index To Bulletin Studies In The Permanent Collection 1970 – 2003.

“Revealing Forms: African Art from the Elvehjem Collection.” Gallery guide (print and web-based). Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Select Conference Presentations

“Looted Art and Archaeology: A Brief History and Discussion in honor of International Archaeology Day,” Archaeological Institute of America, MN Society, October 2015

“Mosaic and Opus Sectile: A Visual Dialogue at Sardis,” Association Internationale pour l'Étude de la Mosaïque Antique, Madrid, September 2015

“Illusion and Allusion: the language of ornament at Sardis,” College Art Association, Blurring the Boundaries session, February 2015

“Books as Loci of Memory,” Visualities of Memory Symposium, Macalester College, September 2014

“Questioning a Coarse Collection,” Classical Archaeological University Collections: Present And Future Possibilities, Aarhus, June 2014

“The Visual Poetics of Paradise: Ornament and the Synagogue at Sardis,” Archaeological Institute of America, with Marcus Rautman, January 2014

“Ornament and surface acceptance in Late Antique wall painting,” Association Internationale pour la Peinture Murale Antique, Athens, September 2013

“Paradisiacal Tombs And Architectural Rooms In Late Roman Sardis: Period Styles And Regional Variants,” Association Internationale pour la Peinture Murale Antique, Selçuk, September 2010

“The Visual Language of Late Roman Painted Hypogea at Sardis,” Archaeological Institute of America, January 2009

“Queen Shirin? The Persian Queen with a Byzantine Face,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 2007

“Crowns in Hellenistic Women’s Burials: Royal, Nuptial or Funerary?” Archaeological Institute of America, January 2003

“Emblem of an Empire: The Development of the Byzantine Crown,” International Medieval Institute, Leeds, June 2001

“Painter as Narrator: Medea in Ancient Greek Vase Paintings,” Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference, April 2001

Exhibitions

“Authenticity: A Multidisciplinary Exploration” (In development)

“Everyday Life at the Crossroads of the Ancient Mediterranean” (2010)

“Revealing Forms: African Art from the Elvehjem Collection” (2002)

“Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts and the Monastic Scriptorium” (2000)

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