Upcoming 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. 

Open to the public - Information regarding final schedule and registration to be added online by January 2023.

Past events

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:

http://www.ic_archeo.beniculturali.it/it/154/eventi/496/i-bronzi-di-riace_-50-anni-di-studi-e-ricerche

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.

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: https://allardpierson.nl/

For more information contact: appearproject@getty.edu.

Image © The J. Paul Getty Museum.

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.

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

"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: bluenet2020@libero.it

The BLUENET logo
Image: courtesy of BLUENET

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naWC-ei8kgI

Donata Magrini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE0PYUbg-X0 

Mauro Bacci: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NHUHYWdYmI

Mauro Matteini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVxvJf6Tt58

Franca Falletti: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrO2KdkbhYE

Magnolia Scudieri: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK5Z23OED8A

Americo Corallini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy3edNTE2c0 

Daniela Pinna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRutByXjfHE

Giovanni Bartolozzi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmcQBCcUDdw

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.

Organisers:

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: https://youtu.be/nwGoj9Ll80E

4/28,  afternoon: https://youtu.be/fQC3J-XeDxw

4/29,  morninghttps://youtu.be/Qr7aVmOd274

4/29, afternoon: https://youtu.be/hkhZon6G8Mw

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 adonofrio@unior.it

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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