Anastasia (Chaplygina) Amrhein

History of Art PhD Student


Anastasia is an art historian and curator whose work focuses on the ancient Middle East at the time of the Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian empires (9th-6th centuries BCE). 

Her dissertation investigates the materiality of the divine across different social strata during the Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian periods through three media-based case studies: clay (figurines), stones (seals), and metal (cult statues). Anastasia's research is concerned with the metaphysical meaning of, and access to, materials in various social contexts,
and their role in presencing the divine through intersections with visual iconography. More broadly, she considers human collaboration with the agency of materials and the engagement with technologies as practices that perform identity.

Most recently, Anastasia was a Guest Curator at NYU's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, where she co-curated the exhibition A Wonder to Behold: Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon's Ishtar Gate, and co-edited the eponymous catalogue and collection of essays. Previously, she has worked on curatorial projects at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Penn Museum. 

This graduate student is available to deliver lectures to your K-12 classroom at no charge. All requests MUST be booked through the Middle East Center Speaker's Bureau


PhD Candidate, Ancient Near Eastern Art, University of Pennsylvania

MA Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

BA Art History and Archaeology, Montclair State University