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In a spring, 2010 seminar called The Authority of Ruins: Antiquarianism in Italy, 1500s - 1800s, Professor Hérica Valladares and seven undergraduate students worked regularly in the Rare Books “cage” of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University.  Under the guidance of Prof. Valladares and Dr. Earle Havens, Curator of Rare Books at Hopkins' Sheridan Libraries, they had the opportunity to peruse, read, and handle antiquarian publications dating between the sixteenth and the nineteenth centuries.  The resulting on-line exhibition focuses on the visual nature of the study of antiquity, and investigates important changes in the methods for analyzing and depicting ruins during this period.  To learn more about other exhibitions and collection-based projects developed by Hopkins students in conjunction with courses in the Program in Museums and Society, click here.

Elizabeth Rodini


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