March 30 CU at Joslyn
with Amanda Swisher, CANES
2 - 3 pm

Joslyn Art Museum in partnership with Creighton University presents stimulating lectures by Creighton faculty in Joslyn’s Abbott Lecture Hall on select Sundays at 2:00 pm. CU at Joslyn, offered in collaboration with Creighton’s University College, presents a variety of topics and interdisciplinary perspectives on Joslyn’s collections or exhibitions. CU at Joslyn is free for Museum members and Creighton students and faculty with ID, and $5 for the general public.

“Treasure Found: The Joslyn’s Early Christian Sarcophagus Fragment” presented by Amanda Swisher, Classical and Near Eastern Studies

This talk focuses on a stone fragment carved to depict three men presenting objects to a seated woman who holds a child, from a Roman sarcophagus. The fragment came to the Joslyn in 1954, and has not been out of the vault for decades. Mysteriously enough, the piece was published in a 1998 German catalog, but without measurements or known origin, giving the impression that the editor had not seen the piece but only an old photograph. Swisher will introduce the Joslyn fragment and situate it in its Early Christian and Roman artistic context, and conclude by proposing a partial reconstruction of the sarcophagus from which it came. 

Amanda Swisher, Classical Languages major, was awarded a research scholarship from Creighton University to study the Joslyn sarcophagus fragment with Dr. Greg Bucher this summer. In the fall, Swisher will travel to Rome where she will conduct research on comparable sarcophagi. She will share her experience at CU at Joslyn.


Other CU at Joslyn talks...

September 22 - “Do you see what I see?: The Traveling Views of Martín Rico y Ortega, a Spanish Landscape Arts Painter in 19th-Century Europe“ presented by José McClanahan, Modern Languages and Literatures

October 6 – “Imagining the Universe: The Collage of Art & Science” presented by Jack Gabel, Physics

February 16 - Presentation complementing Joslyn's special exhibition, Poseidon and the Sea (Feb 8 - May 11) presented by Gregory Bucher, Classical and Near Eastern Studies (CANES). 

April 13 - “The Life and Times of François Auguste René Rodin” presented by Jan Lund, Modern Languages and Literatures