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Nancy Ramage

Art History
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Professor Nancy Ramage

Nancy Ramage has a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Classical Archaeology. As the Charles A. Dana Professor of the Humanities and Arts, and Professor of Art History, she taught ancient Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art at Ithaca College, as well as Italian Renaissance and Egyptian art, and courses on sculpture and the history of printmaking. She has worked for many years at the excavations of ancient Sardis, Turkey, and wrote several books on the sculpture and pottery from the site, as well as books on Roman art (with Andrew Ramage). She also wrote a book on her great-great-aunts, the Cone sisters of Baltimore, who collected modern art at the beginning of the 20th century, and were close friends of Picasso, Matisse, and Gertrude Stein. She continues to do research and publishing on 18th century neo-classicism, the Etruscans, and ceramic history.

She and Andrew live in Ithaca, New York. Both had visiting fellowships at Clare Hall (2007, 2008), and since then, they have returned every year during the winter months. They have two children and six granddaughters, four of whom live here in Cambridge.

Select publications

  • Roman Art: Romulus to Constantine Prentice-Hall Publishers. With A. Ramage.  Also published as The Cambridge Illustrated History of Roman Art. 6th edition 2014. Translated into German, French, Dutch, modern Greek, Korean, and Chinese.
  • The British Museum Concise Introduction: Ancient Rome. British Museum Press 2008, with A. Ramage.
  • The Cone Sisters of Baltimore: Collecting at Full Tilt, Northwestern University Press 2008, with Ellen B. Hirschland.
  • Ordinary Lydians at Home: The Lydian Trenches at the House of Bronzes and Pactolus Cliff at Sardis.  2021. With A. Ramage and R. Gül Gültekin-Demir.
  • “The Initial Letters in Sir William Hamilton’s Collection of Antiquities,” The Burlington Magazine (July l987) pp. 446-456.
  • “Sir William Hamilton as Collector, Exporter and Dealer: The Acquisition and Dispersal of His Collections,” American Journal of Archaeology 94 (l990) pp. 469-480.
  • “Goods, Graves, and Scholars:  l8th Century Archaeologists in Britain and Italy,” American Journal of Archaeology 96 (1992) pp. 653-661.
  • “Two ‘Etruscan’ Vases, and Edgar Allan Poe,” Metropolitan Museum Journal, 48, 2013, pp. 169-180. With R.D. Cromey.