Next Polychromy Round Table coming in 2022!

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: 

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Upcoming Events

"BLUENET 2022" conference - Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei & Archaeological Park of the Colosseum, Rome.

5th October 2022.

The first BLUENET conference, organized within the activities of the Lincei Center of Cultural Heritage Villa Farnesina (CERIF) will officially present the recently established BLUENET network. 

There will be four main sessions on Egyptian Blue focusing on its history, use, detection techniques and on going research. Please find the updated programme here. 

The conference will be hosted in the morning by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and in the afternoon at the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum, Rome. It will be a hybrid meeting. 

More about BLUENET here.
For more info contact:

The BLUENET logo
Image: courtesy of BLUENET

Dyes in History and Archeology 41 - Gotland, Sweden

11th -13th October, 2022.

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. This will be DHA's 41st conference and the first time that the meeting will be held in Scandinavia.

More information here.

Colored textiles are examined using different methods in the Cultural Heritage Laboratory. Photo: Sara Nilsson, Ilse Vuijsters Hammarström, Swedish National Heritage Board ( CC BY ).

Second APPEAR conference - Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam

19th - 21st October, 2022.

The Second APPEAR (Ancient Panel Painting: Examination, Analysis and Research) conference will be hosted by the Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam.

Selected papers will be published as a second catalogue volume: Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt: Emerging Research from the APPEAR Project. This catalogue, as with volume one, will be available for free online and in multiple formats for downloading, e-readers, and printing.    

Conference details will be posted on:

For more information contact:

Image © The J. Paul Getty Museum.

Past events

ASMOSIA XIII - Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Austria

19th - 24th September 2022.

More information here

Please note that there will a session dedicated to "Pigments and Paintings on Marble".

XV AIPMA Congress - Campus Mare Nostrum, Cartagena, Spain

12th - 16th September 2022.

The theme of the meeting will be "ANTIQVA PICTVRA.
Execution, Conservation and Enhancement Techniques and Processes".

More information here.

Session #390 @28th EAA Annual Meeting - Budapest, Hungary

3rd September, 2022. 14:00 ‐ 18:30

Main organiser: Anthony Baragona

Co-organisers: Alexandra Rodler & Rebecca Tehrani 

The session All on Walls. Current Issues on Historical Wall Painting Science, Conservation, and Restoration during the upcoming 28th EAA Annual Meeting in Budapest, Hungary, hosts the keynote by Hilary Becker, Binghamton University, on Fraud on Roman painted walls? which sets the stage for a sequence of talks on Roman wall painting techniques at the Domus dei Bucrani, Ostia Antica (Magali Souris, Université de Liège) and Villa Arianna, Stabiae (Elio Leitner, Hornemann Institut) concluded by a look beneath pictures and beyond bricks (also Ostia) (Anthony Baragona). The second part follows the provenance and production technology of Egyptian blue and cinnabar in Roman contexts (Alexandra Rodler, Austrian Academy of Sciences and University of Vienna; Anthony Baragona, Freelance Conservation Scientist affiliated with the University of Applied Arts Vienna), conservation and reconstructions of wall paintings from peripheral provinces (Rebecca Tehrani, Dresden University of Fine Arts; Robert Linke, Austrian Federal Monuments Authority). The last part features a series of poster contributions on Roman art techniques in Noricum and Italy as well as Metal-age to Classical period Egyptian blue use in ancient art.

 Magdalensberg; Image © T. Baragona, 2020.

V COLLOQUIO AIRPA - University of Bologna

13th - 15th June, 2022.

The University of Bologna's Department of History, Culture and Civilization, will host the "V Colloquium AIRPA, STRADE. Segni TRAcce DisEgni".

The event, a collaboration between the Italian Association for Ancient Painting Research and the Picta Fragmenta program of the University of Bologna, is curated for AIRPA by the Interuniversity Center for Ancient Painting Studies (CESPITA), by its Director, Antonella Coralini.

Participation is reserved for AIRPA members but will be in hybrid mode. All contributions will be published in volume of the Atti dell'AIRPA series (Quasar publisher).

More information, including final programme, here.

Webinar to honour the late Dr. Susanna Bracci (ISPC-CNR)

Tuesday 24th May, 2022. 9.00-12.30 CET

A webinar is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday 24th May as a tribute to the research activities of the late Dr. Susanna Bracci of ISPC-CNR.

Please note that the webinar will be in Italian. 

More information of the program of the day here.

Recordings of the event are available here:

Costanza Miliani:

Donata Magrini: 

Mauro Bacci:

Mauro Matteini:

Franca Falletti:

Magnolia Scudieri:

Americo Corallini: 

Daniela Pinna:

Giovanni Bartolozzi:

17th International Colloquium on Roman Provincial Art – Vienna / Carnuntum

May 16th – May 21st, 2022.

The main topic of the conference will be stone monuments of the Roman provinces in their various forms of appearance as components of architectural and sculptural ensembles or as bearers of inscriptions.

A session will be devoted to polychromy on these monuments and related research methods.

More information here 

7th IP4AI meeting Computational approaches for technical imaging in cultural heritage - National Gallery, London

27th – 29th April, 2022, 2–5 pm BST.

This virtual conference is being organised as part of the EPSRC funded ARTICT | Art Through the ICT Lens: Big Data Processing Tools to Support the Technical Study, Preservation and Conservation of Old Master Paintings project (a collaboration between the National Gallery, University College London and Imperial College London).

The aim of this conference is to provide a forum to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of researchers with an interest in the possibilities of technical imaging.

More information here

Ancient Science and Technology of colour: Pigments, dyes, drugs and their perception in Antiquity - Università di Pisa

28th and 29th April, 2022.


Matteo Martelli (Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione dell' Università di Bologna)
Maria Michela Sassi (Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del Sapere dell'Università di Pisa)

Final programme (including link for virtual attendance) available here.

Links to event recordings:

4/28,  morning:

4/28,  afternoon:

4/29,  morning

4/29, afternoon:

Curator Conversations: A Kore in Colour - Understanding the legacy of white marble sculptures 
27th April 27, 2022, 1:00 pm EDT

Carved in exquisite detail and retaining important amounts of its original paint, the marble sculpture known as Kore 670 – currently on display at ROM – is one of the most intricate and highly decorated marble statues surviving from ancient Greece. Mark Abbe, Art History Chair at the University of Georgia, joins ROM’s Paul Denis to celebrate and explore the statue’s legacy, and how it inspires us to re-examine our understanding of white marble sculptures, and the appeal of colour in the Archaic Age.

Virtual Lecture series, "Il colore nella pittura greca" – Dipartimento Asia, Africa e Mediterraneo, Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale (UNIOR)

28th March – 6th April, 2022.

Visiting Professor Hariclia Brecoulaki (Senior Researcher at NHRF, Athens) will give a virtual lecture series at the Centro Studi Su Interazioni E Scambi Economici E Culturali Nel Mondo Tardoantico E Medievale.


For programme details, see right.

For more information contact

IPERION HS/E-RIHS webinar - Hyperspectral and multispectral imaging in heritage science 

5th April, 2022. 3.00 pm CET

Watch the recording here.

IPERION HS/E-RIHS webinar - Remote sensing-based approach for Cultural Heritage interpretation and monitoring

8th March, 2022. 3.00 pm CET

IPERION HS and E-RIHS are organizing a series of webinars, a key source of state-of-the-art information on heritage science research, facilities, policy and impact. It contributes to developing a vibrant heritage science community and is intended for anyone involved in interdisciplinary heritage research.

Watch the recording here.

The Traces of the Colorful Souls: Visual & Material Arts in the Chromatic Middle Ages - Complutense University,Madrid

2nd - 4th March, 2022.

The Conference, organised by the Medieval Colors Network, aspires to become a meeting point and a forum for reflection on medieval colors and their importance in the life of the time (Art History, Aesthetics, Technology, Sensory Studies, Philosophy, Restoration, Artistic Technology, Linguistics, Psychology, Optics, etc.) in order to promote a more complete vision of the colourful souls of the Middle Ages.

More information here.

Read an account of the event here.

Online Symposium at the Faculty of Classics, Oxford University

Thursday 16th and Friday 17th December, 2021.

"The Tetrarchs, Constantine, and Imperial Art"

Organised by Bert Smith & Tuna Şare Aǧtürk

See the workshop programme here.  

For further information contact: Tuna Şare Aǧtürk

Boshell Foundation Virtual Lecture: Color in Ancient Mediterranean Sculpture at The Art Institute of Chicago

Thursday 28th October, 2021 at 17:00–18:00 CDT (23:00-00:00 BST).

Join art historian and professor Mark Abbe for a conversation on polychromy in ancient sculptures. Abbe is joined by curator Katharine Raff and conservation scientist Giovanni Verri from the Art Institute of Chicago.

For more information here.

Workshop on Roman sculpture at the University of Liège, Musée du Grand Curtius

Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th October, 2021.

"Polychroma - The Meaning of Colours of Roman Statues"

This workshop offers the occasion to discuss preliminary results and ongoing research on some of the collections from Musée du Bardo, Musée Départemental de l’Arles Antique, Musée Saint Raymond de Toulouse, Museo Civico di Milano, Musées Royaux d’Art&Histoire, Bruxelles, Musée Royal de Mariemont, and to set out some guidelines for the future research.

Organised by Elisabetta Neri and David Strivay.

See the workshop programme here

Workshop on Greco-Roman Terracottas at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, Maison de la Recherche

Thursday 30th September and Friday 1st October, 2021.

"Étudier, conserver et restaurer les terres cuites gréco-romaines aujourd'hui. - État des lieux des méthodes d'investigation et perspectives."

See the workshop programme here.  

Workshop at Metzlersaal Städelmuseum and Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Frankfurt am Main


Friday 24th September, 2021.


"Colour matters. Polychromy of Ancient Greek and Roman Sculpture as Research Subject in Archaeology and Classics."

See the workshop programme here.  

Jan Stubbe Østergaard has kindly put together some notes on his impressions of the meeting. Read them here.

Paolo Liverani (speaking),  in the background; Vinzenz Brinkmann and Clarissa Blume-Jung (both standing) and Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann (sitting) . In the foreground; Oliver Primavesi (left) and Christiane Vorster (right).

Image © Jan Stubbe Østergaard

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