Curator of Greek and Roman Art
Michael Bennett is the Cleveland Museum of Art’s first curator of Greek and Roman Art. His many publications include Belted Heroes and Bound Women: The Myth of the Homeric Warrior King in the monograph series Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches. His forthcoming book, Praxiteles: The Cleveland Apollo, in the museum’s Cleveland Masterworks Series, will be published in 2013. Bennett has overseen the reinstallation of the museum’s collections of Ancient Near Eastern, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities, reopened to the public in June 2010. In 2002, he co-organized the exhibition, Magna Graecia: Greek Art from South Italy and Sicily, for which he won an Award of Achievement from Northern Ohio LIVE magazine in the Cultural Exhibition category. In 2004, he received another Northern Ohio LIVE award of Achievement for his acquisition of the only known bronze, life-size statue of the Apollo Sauroktonos, a sculpture he has attributed to the ancient Greek master sculptor Praxiteles. Bennett is also the co-curator of the exhibition, Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome and co-editor of the sourcebook of the same title published by the J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the exhibition, which opens at the Getty Villa in 2013.
He holds a BA from San Jose State University and a PhD in Fine Arts from Harvard University.