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Curator's Biography
Carol C. Mattusch

Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture Around the Bay of Naples (2008)

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Curator Biography

Carol C. Mattusch
Mathy Professor of Art History in the Department of History and Art History
George Mason University

Carol C. Mattusch is the Mathy Professor of Art History in the department of history and art history at George Mason University. She has taught at the university since 1977 and specializes in courses on Greek and Roman art and archaeology and the rediscovery of classical antiquity. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Mattusch received her PhD in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975.

Mattusch is the principal author and editor of Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples (2008). Mattusch was also the curator of The Fire of Hephaistos: Large Classical Bronzes from North American Collections (1996) at Harvard University Art Museums for which she wrote the catalogue. Her other books include The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum: Life and Afterlife of a Sculpture Collection (2005); The Victorious Youth (1997); Classical Bronzes: The Art and Craft of Greek and Roman Statuary (1996); Greek Bronze Statuary: From the Beginnings through the Fifth Century B.C. (1988); and Bronzeworkers in the Athenian Agora (1982).

Mattusch has written chapters for The Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World (2008), The Art of Antiquity: Piet de Jong and the Athenian Agora (2007), Greek Sculpture, Function, Materials and Techniques in the Archaic and Classical Periods (2005), and she has written articles for Hesperia, Art Journal, American Journal of Archaeology, and Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies.

Among her awards are the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award (2006) from the College Art Association and the James R. Wiseman Book Award (1997) from the Archaeological Institute of America. She has held three fellowships at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts (CASVA), including the Paul Mellon Senior Fellowship (2005-2006) and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Paired Fellowship for Research in Conservation and Archaeology with Henry Lie (1997-1998).

Mattusch is a long-standing member of the Managing Committee for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and currently serves on its executive dommittee. She is a member of the planning committee for the 17th International Bronze Congress, scheduled to be held in Athens in 2009.

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