Elizabeth P. Baltes

Elizabeth P. Baltes is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Art, Art History, & Visual Studies, focusing on Greek and Roman art and architecture. Her research interests lie at the intersection of sculpture, politics, and public space. Elizabeth’s dissertation, “Dedication and Display of Portrait Statues in Ancient Greece: Spatial Practices and Identity Politics,” moves beyond the traditional approach to Greek sculpture to recontextualize individual portrait monuments and to visualize entire statue landscapes. Her approach takes into account locational specificity and change over time, two facets of ancient portrait dedication that are key to understanding the changing spatial, political, economic, and social meaning of statues. Elizabeth’s work leverages digital visualization technologies, such as 3-D modeling and mapping softwares, not only as a means of representation, but also as a method of inquiry. In addition to her primary research interests in the ancient world,¬†Elizabeth is also exploring issues of politics, memory, and change over time in contemporary statue landscapes, such as Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia.