Sharon Salvadori is an Art Historian whose research and teaching focuses on the visual culture of Ancient Greece and Rome and of the Mediterranean in the early Middle Ages. Her teaching investigates how artistic representation conveyed religious, social and political meanings to the original patrons and viewers.
One of Prof. Salvadori’s main interests in both teaching and in her own research is in “hybrid” visual cultures – such as those of early Christianity or of early Islam. These are characterized by images, monuments and spaces that “re-write” traditional or pre-existing visual languages to both assert continuity and affirm new ideologies.
A second interest is in pictorial narrative, in how images re-present stories – whether from Classical mythology or the Bible – to create meanings that address the particular concerns of contemporary viewers.
Her research interests and publications focus more specifically on the creation of religious and social identity in the funerary art of Late Antiquity.
AH 190 Cities, Towns and Villas: Rome, Ostia and Pompeii; AH 223 Greek Art and Archaeology; AH 243 Roman Funerary Art; AH 290 Ancient Rome and its Monuments; AH 299B Islamic Art and Architecture 650-1250; AH 362 Pagans, Jews and Christians: religion and identity in the art of late antique Rome; AH 399B: Cities, palaces and luxury arts in Medieval Islam; CL/HS 231 History of Ancient Rome and Italy; CL 260 Classical Mythology.