Deborah Swallow cutting cake
Professor Paul Zanker
On 9 July 2007, The Courtauld Institute of Art presented the most recent group of graduates with their degrees. Following a procession from the Institute down the Strand to St Clement Danes, Märit Rausing Director Deborah Swallow warmly welcomed graduands and their friends and families, and Chairman of the Governing Board Nicholas Ferguson offered a congratulatory address. The degrees awarded this year were 44 Bachelors of Arts, 20 Graduate Diplomas, 5 Post-Graduate Diplomas in the Conservation of Easel Painting, 126 Masters of Arts in the History of Art and Conservation of Wall Paintings, and 19 Doctors of Philosophy.

An Honorary Degree of D.Litt. was presented to Professor Paul Zanker. Renowned as one of the foremost scholars in ancient Greek and Roman art, his reputation primarily derives from his skill in communicating the finest elements of German classical archaeology to a worldwide audience, at the same time bringing to it a new sophistication and breadth of perspective. His 1988 book, The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus, based on his Jerome Lectures at the University of Michigan and the American Academy in Rome, revolutionised the way in which scholars and students in a range of disciplines thought about the Roman Empire. Professor Zanker has held a number of positions internationally, including Professor of Classical Archaeology in Munich, Director of the German Archaeological Institute in Rome, visiting professorships in Princeton, New York, Oxford and Berkeley, and, currently, Professor of Ancient Art History at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. It was a great honour to hear his inspirational address, and The Courtauld is proud now to include him as a part of its extended international family.

Following the recession, the new graduates, academic staff, and guests returned to The Courtauld, where the sunny Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court provided the perfect festive atmosphere for celebrating the occasion with champagne, strawberries, and hearty congratulations.

janine catalano, alumni relations officer