Gregory Warden and his dog.
Gregory Warden, professor of art history, has taught at SMU since 1982, chaired the Art History Division for six years and served as associate dean for academic affairs in the Meadows School of the Arts since 1998. Born in Italy, Warden is a native Florentine whose major interest is the art and culture of ancient Italy but whose expertise, as both an archaeologist and an art historian, extends to a broader range of art from the ancient Mediterranean. Professor Warden has participated in archaeological projects in Texas, Libya and Italy. He is currently directing the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project and the SMU excavations at the Etruscan site of Poggio Colla, about twenty-two miles northeast of Florence. The digs are jointly sponsored by SMU and the University of Pennsylvania Museum, where Professor Warden is a research associate.
Warden's research interests include ancient metalworking technologies; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman bronzes and decorative arts; and Roman architecture and patronage. His work on metallurgy and mineral exploitation has been interdisciplinary, and he has published on the problems of Italic mineral exploitation (and the concomitant social/economic changes) with the archaeo-metallurgical team of Robert Maddin, Tamara Stech, and James Muhly. Professor Warden's research and methodology ranges from the archaeological (monograph on the metal finds from Murlo, monograph on the small finds from Cyrene and now the current work at Poggio Colla) to the more historical: a monograph on the Hilprecht collection, work on Roman architecture -- the Domus Aurea of Nero (in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians)and the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum (in Art History). He is currently working on a book on Etruscan funerary ritual as well as on the publication of the Poggio Colla excavations.
Professor Warden teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Etruscan and Roman art and archaeology, as well as introductory courses on the history of architecture. He was director of the SMU-in-Italy summer program in Florence, Orvieto, and Rome from 1987 to 1998. He received a Rotunda Award for outstanding teaching from the SMU student body in 1985-6, and was named the 1996-97 Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor, the third art historian at SMU to be so recognized.