Past Events - 2022/2021

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 were presented and put into perspective during this conference, organized under the auspices of the École française d’Athènes. This meeting allowed the resumption of 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, here.

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

The theme was ‘The Materiality of Polychromy’.

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

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 met for 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 explored the richness of colour and texture in Roman architecture. More specifically, it considered colour schemes and surface finishes of the architectural orders in relation to regional variation, 'global' trends, and semantics.

This conference was streamed on Zoom but no recorded version isavailable.

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 was 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.    

For more information contact:

Image © The J. Paul Getty Museum.

Dyes in History and Archaeology 41 - Gotland, Sweden.

11th -13th October, 2022.

Dyes in History and Archaeology (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 was DHA's 41st conference and the first time that the meeting was 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) officially presented the recently established BLUENET network. 

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

The conference was hosted in the morning by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and in the afternoon at the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum, Rome. 

More about BLUENET here.
For more info contact:

The BLUENET logo
Image: courtesy of BLUENET

ASMOSIA XIII - Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Austria

19th - 24th September 2022.

More information here

Please note that there was 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 was "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  28th EAA Annual Meeting in Budapest, Hungary, hosted the keynote by Hilary Becker, Binghamton University, on Fraud on Roman painted walls? which set 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 followed 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 featured 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, hosted 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, was curated for AIRPA by the Interuniversity Center for Ancient Painting Studies (CESPITA), by its Director, Antonella Coralini.

All contributions will be published in volume of the Atti dell'AIRPA series (Quasar publisher).

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

Tuesday 24th May, 2022. 9.00-12.30 CET

A webinar was held on the morning of Tuesday 24th May as a tribute to the research activities of the late Dr Susanna Bracci of ISPC-CNR.

More information on the program for 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 were the 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 was 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 was 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 was 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 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, joined 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) gave 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.

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

2nd - 4th March, 2022.

The Conference, was organised by the Medieval Colors Network, and aspired to become a meeting point and a forum for reflection on medieval colours 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.  

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).

Art historian and professor Mark Abbe spoke on polychromy in ancient sculptures. Abbe was joined by curator Katharine Raff and conservation scientist Giovanni Verri from the Art Institute of Chicago.

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 discussed 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 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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