Upcoming Events

"Polychromy in Practice: Casting Colour onto Roman Artwork" - Session #30 at EAA Belfast 2023.

30th August - 2nd September, 2023.


Louisa Campbell (United Kingdom), University of Glasgow

Gabrielle Kremer (Austria), Austrian Archaeological Institute

This session will explore how new interpretive frameworks and the application of emerging techniques on Roman statuary, sculpted reliefs, inscriptions, artefacts and architectural features have altered their perception and facilitated their authentic reconstruction using cutting-edge digital technologies. Contributions are welcomed from researchers considering all aspects of polychromy practice in Roman contexts, including those with a focus on frontier contexts where the dynamics between cultural traditions, artistic skills, raw materials and availability of pigments may differ greatly from other provincial settings.

Further details of the session can be found here. 

A list of accepted abstracts can be found here (see Session #30).

Dyes in History and Archeology 42 - Copenhagen, Denmark.

31st October - 3rd November, 2023.

Dyes in History and Archeology (DHA) is an international expert group for colour and organic pigments in cultural heritage contexts that holds a conference every year with participants from all over the world. 

The 42nd annual meeting will be hosted by the University of Copenhagen. The conference is organized by the National Museum of Denmark, the Centre for Textile Research (CTR), the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, and the Danish School of Conservation. 

The CfP is now open (deadline 1 May). More information here.

Conference - Colour Matters: Exploring Colour and Chromatic Materialities in the Long Nineteenth Century (1798-1914), Trinity College, Oxford.

6th-8th December, 2023.

This major international event is part of the ERC-funded CHROMOTOPE project (2019-2024), which analyses the artistic and literary impact of the invention of the first aniline dyes across Europe. It is scheduled to coincide with the exhibition ‘Colour Revolution: Victorian Art, Fashion and Design’ (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 21 September 2023 – 18 February 2024), which will show how the chromatic innovations of the second half of the nineteenth century transformed the arts and culture of Britain and its Empire.

The call for papers is now OPEN. 

Proposals specifying COLOUR PAPER or COLOUR POSTER in the subject should be sent to chromotope@gmail.com by 17 March 2023.

For more information about this conference, please visit:


Past events

Chroma Symposium - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 

24th - 25th March, 2023.

The Chroma symposium will take place in The Met's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium with presentations from a multi-disciplinary and international group of scholars, including art historians, conservators, curators, imaging specialists, and scientists.  

The symposium sessions generally follow the overarching themes of the exhibition Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color (July 5, 2022-March 26, 2023), which was co-curated by Seán Hemingway, John A. and Carole O. Moran Curator in Charge, and Associate Curator Sarah Lepinski in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Vinzenz Brinkmann, Head of the Department of Antiquity at the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung

Vinzenz Brinkmann will deliver the keynote address. Session topics include new analytical and scholarly approaches for identifying and interpreting color on ancient sculpture; color, medium, and materiality in ancient and early modern sculptural traditions; the roles of reproductions of original works of art in expanding understanding of ancient polychromy; and the reception of ancient polychromy in modern and contemporary sculpture and architecture. 

For more information see:

Please find registration information for the Chroma symposium via the links below. Please note that each day requires registration.

Day One - Registration and final schedule
Day Two - Registration and final schedule

Free with Museum admission, though advance registration is required. The program will be livestreamed and available to view on the above pages; no registration required.

The Rome Transformed ‘Provocation’ Conference: Contesting Visualisations of the Eastern Caelian from the C1-C8 CE, at the BSR, Rome

23rd - 24th March, 2023.

The use of reconstruction and visualisation to order, interpret and present information about the structures and spaces of Ancient Rome has a pedigree stretching back centuries.  Many of the resulting images and models have had an enduring impact on both scholarly and popular imagination, an impact that can be both positive and negative. 

Rome Transformed uses advanced visualisations (‘provocations’) to develop understanding of the buildings and landscapes that occupied the eastern Caelian in Rome between the first and eighth centuries CE.  This colloquium presents some of the project’s latest findings using provocations. 

The event is designed to run in hybrid format. For further information, please see: The Rome Transformed ‘Provocation’ Conference: Contesting Visualisations of the Eastern Caelian from the C1-C8 CE – bsr.ac.uk

The Daniel H. Silberberg Lecture Series with Jennifer Stager (Johns Hopkins) at the NYU Institute of Fine Arts, New York 

22nd March, 2023 at 6:00pm (EST)

Jennifer Stager is a writer and art historian in the Department of History of Art at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Seeing Color in Classical Art: Theory, Practice, and Reception from Antiquity to the Present (2022) and, with Leila Easa, Public Feminism in Times of Crisis: From Sappho’s Fragments to Viral Hashtags (2022).

The program will be presented onsite at the James B. Duke House and live-streamed to those who join us by Zoom. Zoom details will be available upon registration for virtual attendees. 

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required.
More information here.

PERCEIVE launch event - National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN), Italy

6th March, 2023.

PERCEIVE, an EU-funded project on Coloured Collections, AI and Virtual Experiences, was launched on 6th of March 2023, at the Auditorium of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN), during a special event open to scholar communities, cultural and creative sectors and civil society.  

More on the project here: PERCEIVE – Perceptive Enhanced Realities of Colored collEctions through aI and Virtual Experiences (perceive-horizon.eu)

"Lapide pingere “Painting with stone” in the Late Classical and Hellenistic mosaics", a lecture by Prof. Dr. Elena Walter-Karydi at the Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene, Athens

24th January, 2023. 7pm EET

The lecture, hosted by the Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene, may be followed virtually by contacting the organiser for link here: conferenze.saia@gmail.com

Conference - The Delphi Charioteer and Monumental Greek Bronze Statuary: New Perspectives in the so-called Severe Style Period, École française d’Athènes, Athens.

2nd–3rd December, 2022.

Since 2017, the École française d’Athènes and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Phocis (General Directorate of Antiquities of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports) have fostered a broad partnership with the Musée du Louvre, the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France and several other institutions, in order to undertake an ambitious program of re-examination of the Charioteer of Delphi, based on the contribution of new technologies. These examinations and analyses will be presented and put into perspective during this conference, organized under the auspices of the École française d’Athènes. This meeting will allow us to resume the issue of the elaboration of monumental Greek bronzes from the last decades of the 6th century to the 4th century B.C., with particular emphasis, thanks to the study of the Charioteer of Delphi, on the so-called Severe Style period.

More information, including a link to the full programme and online registration, here.

The 11th International Round Table on Polychromy in Ancient Sculpture and Architecture will be held in Rome between the 9th - 12th November, 2022 and will be hosted jointly by the Musei Capitolini and the Museo Nazionale Romano.

The theme will be ‘The Materiality of Polychromy’.

The meeting will open at the Musei Capitolini on Wednesday 9th November, and will continue at the Museo Nazionale Romano – Palazzo Massimo on Thursday 10th and the morning of Friday 11th. In the afternoon there will be a visit to the Museo delle Terme and the meeting of the steering group. A poster session will be organized at the Centrale Montemartini, on the morning of Saturday 12th.

For more info: 11thpolychromyroundtable@gmail.com 

Final Programme

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International conference - The Riace Bronzes: 50 years of studies and research, the National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria (MArRC).

10th–12th November, 2022.

Over 30 of the leading scholars of the Riace Bronzes will meet in three days of discussion, proposals and new research to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the find.

For more information visit:


International Conference - Colour Schemes and Surface Finish of the Roman Architectural Orders, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.

7th–9th November, 2022.

This conference will explore the richness of colour and texture in Roman architecture. More specifically, it will consider colour schemes and surface finishes of the architectural orders in relation to regional variation, 'global' trends, and semantics.

This conference will be streamed on Zoom but there will be no recorded version available.

More information here or contact organisers, Matthias Grawehr and Johannes Lipps.

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