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Sheila Dillon
Duke University (Durham, NC 27705-4677)

Fellowships for University Teachers
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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2005 – 6/30/2006

The Female Portrait in Greek Art and Society

This project examines the place of the female portrait in Greek art and society. While portrait statues of women were a major component of Greek sculptural production, they are oddly underrepresented in our histories of Greek art. This scholarly neglect is probably due to the fact that female portraits are visually very homogeneous, with little physiognomic individuality. In a genre where realism is especially prized, these images fall far short of modern expectations of portrait likeness. This study aims to recuperate these images for the history of Greek portraiture, and to explore such broader issues as the historical contingencies of likeness, and the relationship of gender, identity, and portrait appearance.