Francesca Tronchin | Assistant Professor
Office: 420 Clough Hall | Phone: (901) 843-3140 | Email:


Trained as a classical archaeologist and art historian, Prof. Tronchin′s research and teaching interests approach the visual culture of the ancient Mediterranean world with a social history perspective. She frequently engages with questions of the social function of works of art and architecture, especially in terms of personal identity and political propaganda. Most of her research and teaching addresses the Bay of Naples region (i.e. Pompeii, Herculaneum) in Roman antiquity and its rediscovery, Greek and Roman sculpture, Roman domestic architecture and decoration, luxury arts in the classical world, and collecting, both ancient and modern. Prof. Tronchin is additionally interested in materials and technique of craft in antiquity, and especially exotic luxury materials which are largely elusive to us today--citron wood, purple-dyed cloth, gemstones, and the enigmatic "Corinthian bronze." Art crime--including archaeological looting, forgeries, and thefts--are also among Prof. Tronchin′s preoccupations.

Prof. Tronchin is currently at work on a book project entitled Eclecticism, Collecting, and Autobiography in the Houses of Rome and the Bay of Naples. She has published on the roles of nature imagery and simulation in Pompeian houses, eclecticism and collecting habits, Roman furniture, Roman architecture, and the House of Octavius Quartio at Pompeii.

B.A., Smith College
Ph.D., Boston University