J. Michael Padgett

Curator of Ancient Art, Princeton University Art Museum

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J. Michael Padgett has been Curator of Ancient Art at the Princeton University Art Museum since 1992. He has a B.A. from the University of Kentucky (1975), an M.A. from the University of Minnesota (1984), and a Ph.D. from Harvard University (1989). Before coming to Princeton, he was a curatorial assistant at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (1983–84) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1986–90), and was Curator of Classical Art at the Tampa Museum of Art (1990–92). His principal research interests are in Greek art and archaeology, especially Attic vase-painting. He has curated several exhibitions of ancient art and has written and edited many books and articles, including Vase-Painting in Italy: Red Figure and Related Works in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, 1993); Roman Sculpture in The Art Museum, Princeton University (Princeton, 2001); The Centaur’s Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art (Princeton 2003); City of Gold: The Archaeology of Polis Chrysochous (Princeton 2012); and The Berlin Painter and his World: Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth century B.C. (Princeton 2017). He is a lecturer in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University and an active participant in the Princeton University Archaeological Expedition to Polis Chrysochous, Cyprus, and the Molyvoti, Thrace, Archaeological Project, in Greece.

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