Ulf R. Hansson is a classical archaeologist, art and cultural historian, now working mostly on the history of scholarship, knowledge production and cultural transfer. His research interests include the history of antiquarianism and archaeology, history of collecting and collections, the early modern art and antiquities market, and popular reception of ancient art and culture. He is currently working on a book about antiquarian networks in early modern Europe.

An authority on ancient engraved gems and cameos, Hansson’s PhD dissertation (University of Gothenburg 2005) was on the production of engraved gems and sealstones in pre-Roman central Italy, more precisely works in the so-called a globolo technique which had a peaked in production in the late fourth and early third centuries BCE. A much expanded version with a Gesamtkatalog covering the glyptic production in central Italy from the archaic to the early Roman period is in preparation. Hansson is also the author of the chapter on engraved gems in Routledge’s Etruscan World, ed. J. MacIntosh Turfa (2013). His current research concerns body language and gesture in Etruscan art of the archaic period, and his research interests also include Greek and Roman sculpture and, more generally, problems of iconography and the contextual interpretation of Greek, Etruscan and Roman visual culture.

Hansson has recently completed a major study on the German classical archaeologist Adolf Furtwängler (1853-1907) sponsored by the Swedish Research Council (2007-13). The project, which is currently under publication, will result in a number of shorter works. In connection with this project Hansson organised the international conference “Classical Archaeology in the Late Nineteenth Century, 1870-1900” at the Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome (forthcoming De Gruyter). His current research in this field concerns antiquarian networks in early modern Europe, with special focus on the Rome-based antiquary and collector Philipp von Stosch (1691-1757). A longer study of Stosch’s and Winckelmann’s work on ancient engraved gems was recently published in Ca’ Foscari’s annual of art history MDCCC 1800, and several book chapters on various aspects on Stosch and the Museo Stoschiano are forthcoming. From 2013 to 2019 Hansson was an administrator of the international research network Histories of Archaeology Research Network (HARN) and co-organiser of HARN’s annual conferences. Hansson is also member of the Commission of History of Archaeology of the Union International des Science Prehistoriques et Protohistoriques (UISPP) and the Consiglio Direttivo of the Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica (AIAC).

Initially focusing on 18th- and 19th-century collecting of sculpture and engraved gems, both in original and reproduction, Hansson’s recent work in this field deals with more general trends in the culture of collecting in Italy and France, covering the period 17th through early 19th centuries but with special focus on Rome, Florence and Paris in the early modern period, and Munich at the turn of the century 1900.

Hansson is also a specialist on neoclassical engraved gems and cameos and revivalist jewellery, especially the so-called archaeological or “Etruscanising” jewellery of the Castellani, Giuliano, Melillo and other 19th-century workshops. A book chapter on 18th- and 19th-century popular reception of Etruscan engraved gems and jewellery was recently published in An Etruscan Affair (ed. J. Swaddling, British Museum Press).

ORCID 0000-0002-8234-1727 Web of Science ResearcherID M-8788-2014

Recent publications (selection):

Ulf R. Hansson, ‘Bibliotheca Stoschiana. A Key Site for Antiquarian Knowledge and the Radical Enlightenment in Italy’, in B. Heinecke & V. Riedel (eds), Von Joachim I zu Winckelmann. Bibliotheken zwischen Humanismus und Aufklärung [forthcoming]

Ulf R. Hansson, ‘Bovillae Rediscovered and Removed. Antiquarians and Treasure Hunters South of Rome in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries’, in P. Hatlie & D.H. Berry (eds), Ancient Bovillae. History, Art, and Archaeology of a Lost City in the Roman Hinterland, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press [in press]

Ulf R. Hansson, ‘Philipp von Stosch’, in M. Magrini (ed.), Anton Maria Zanetti (1680-1767). Lettere artistiche del Settecento Veneziano, Venezia: Fondazione Cini 2021.

Ulf R. Hansson, ‘”An Oracle for Collectors”. Philipp von Stosch and the Collecting and Dealing in Antiquities in Early Eighteenth-Century Rome and Florence’, in S. Bracken & A. Turpin (eds), Art Markets, Agents and Collectors. Collecting Strategies in Europe and the USA 1550-1950, London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 113-128

Ulf R. Hansson, ’Philipp von Stosch and his Museo’, in M.C. Cola (ed.), Mostrare il sapere. collezioni scientifiche, studioli, e raccolte d’arte a Roma in età moderna (Dentro il Palazzo), Roma: Edizioni Musei Vaticani 2020, 45-68

Ulf R. Hansson, ‘”More Feared Than Loved”. Interactional Strategies in Late Nineteenth-Century Classical Archaeology, the Case of Adolf Furtwängler’, in U.R. Hansson, K. Sheppard, J. Roberts & J.R. Trigg (eds), Communities and Knowledge Production in Archaeology (Social Archaeology and Material Worlds), Manchester: Manchester University Press 2020, 128-147

Ulf R. Hansson, ‘Hansson on Peter N. Miller, History and Its Objects. Antiquarianism and Material Culture Since 1500’, The Art Bulletin, 100, 2018, 136-139

Ulf R. Hansson, ‘”Glyptomania”. The Study, Collecting, Reproduction and Re-use of Etruscan Engraved Gems in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries’, in J. Swaddling (ed.), An Etruscan Affair. The Influence of Early Etruscan Discoveries on European Culture, (British Museum Research publication, 211), London: British Museum Press 2018, 81-91