Arnold-Biucchi, Carmen

Damarete Curator of Ancient Coins at the Harvard Art Museums and Lecturer on the Classics at Harvard University (since 2002)

Born in Lugano/Switzerland, Carmen Arnold-Biucchi studied Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland with Lilly Kahil (Magister in 1971, doctorate in 1976) with semesters in Heidelberg, working on her dissertation on Cypriot terracottas. Her interest in Greek numismatics was sparked by Herbert Cahn during a seminar in Freiburg. From 1974 to 1977, she worked as Research Associate in numismatics at the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC) in Basel, where she was responsible for numismatic iconography, and, after having moved to the United States of America, at the LIMC US Center at Rutgers University. In 1982, Carmen Arnold-Biucchi became Greek and Roman Curatorial Assistant at the American Numismatic Society, New York. From then on her work focused on numismatics and iconography. From 1984 to 1989, she served as Assistant Curator of Ancient Coins. In 1989, she was appointed as the first Margaret Thompson Curator of Greek Coins.

Arnold-Biucchi taught at the ANS Graduate Seminar from 1982 to 1999. She was Adjunct Professor at Columbia University (1995-1999), Bryn Mawr (2000) and CUNY (2001), as well as Visiting Professor at the Università degli Studi di Padova/Italy (1993), and at the EPHE of the Sorbonne in Paris (2007). In 2001/02, she was J. Clawson Mills Art History Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In the summer of 2004, she went to Oxford, as Robinson Visiting Scholar at the Ashmolean Museum and Kraay Fellow at Wolfson College.

Since 2002, she is working at Harvard, teaching numismatics in the Department of Classics and at the Extension School. As Damarete Curator, she is in charge for the collection of ancient coins at Harvard Art Museums.

In 2003, Carmen Arnold-Biucchi was elected to the International Numismatic Council: she served as Secretary until 2009 and then as President until 2015 and was responsible for the organization of the XVth International Numismatic Congress in Messina/Taormina in 2015.

The major fields of expertise of Carmen Arnold-Biucchi are the coinages of Greek Sicily and the Hellenistic world. Her interests cover a wide range, from Cypriot Archaeology to Greek art and iconography. She is currently working on a corpus of the archaic coinage of Selinous/Sicily, the lifetime coinage of Lysimachos of Thrace, and a book about Sicilian coinage.

She is on the Managing Committee of the ASCSA and on the Editorial Board of the academic journal “Numismatica Antichità Classische Quaderni Ticinesi”. She is Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, Member of the Visiting Committee of the Art of the Ancient World at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as Honorary Member of the Austrian Numismatic Society. In 2012, she was awarded the Gunnar Holst Numismatic Foundation Medal, Göteborg, and in 2014, she won the Jeton de Vermeil of the French Numismatic Society.

Please read more about the curriculum vitae of Carmen Arnold-Biucchi here.

Information about how to contact Carmen Arnold-Biucchi is available at the website of the Department for the Classics at Harvard University.

Here you can read an article about Carmen Arnold-Biucchi, published on the occasion of her becoming Curator at Harvard Museums.

And this is the bibliography of Carmen Arnold-Biucchi.