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Our Program aims to bring together scholars – academic researchers and field operatives alike, both of an already established stage as well as early- and mid-career professionals – from a wide range of institutions and different countries; our goal would be to study antique funerary art (burial edifices and the painting and sculpture associated with them), and its various modes of reception and study (academic or aesthetic) by the multifaceted, multicultural, and often deeply divided contemporary world of the Eastern Mediterranean. Our chief aim would be to examine how funerary art reflects on the one hand mortuary habits, and, on the other, religious beliefs and social norms.

Support for this Program is provided by the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative.