The 9th International Round Table on Polychromy in Ancient Sculpture and Architecture was held at the British Museum in London from 9-10 November 2018.
The meeting, hosted by the Department of Greece and Rome and the Department of Scientific Research, took place in the British Museum’s Stevenson Lecture Theatre. It was open primarily to members of the International Polychromy Network and to colleagues from co-operating institutions but, also welcomed curators, scientists, conservators and students to whom the subject is of interest.The main focus was on the Classical world.
Friday 9 November 2018
9.00 – 9.30 Registration
9.30 – 9.40 Welcome
Session 1 Chair: Jan Stubbe Østergaard
9.45 – 10.10 ‘From textile to fictile’. Large-scale painted terracotta statues from Salamis and the role of polychromy in defining regional sculptural style in Cyprus.
10.10 – 10.35 Anaschetos, a youth from Kalymnos. On the colouring of an East Greek kouros.
Elena Walter-Karydi and Hariclia Brecoulaki
10.35 – 11.00 The Polychromy of the Frieze of the Siphnian Treasury at Delphi: New Investigations, New Results, New Archaeological and Historical Questions.
Phillipe Jockey, Philippe Walter, Matthias Alfeld, Maud Mulliez and Jonathan Devogelaere
11.00 – 11.20 TEA/COFFEE & POSTERS
Session 2 Chair: Peter Higgs
11.20 – 11.45 The Architectural Polychromy on the Athenian Acropolis. New data obtained through recent in situ noninvasive analytical investigation of the colour remains on the Parthenon and Propylaea.
Eleni Aggelakopoulou, Sophia Sotiropoulou and Georgios Karagiannis
11.45– 12.10 New non-invasive/non-contact investigations of the polychromy of the Parthenon sculptures at the British Museum and their interpretation.
Giovanni Verri, Tracey Sweek, Katarzyna Węgłowska, Michelle Hercules, William Wootton, Hero Granger-Taylor and Stephanie Vasiliou
12.10 – 12.35 Investigating drawing and painting techniques on a monumental cist tomb of the late 4th century BC from Pella, Macedonia (“Tomb of the Philosophers”).
Hariclia Brecoulaki, Giovanni Verri and Myrina Kalaitzi
12.35 – 13.35 LUNCH (not provided)
Session 3 Chair: Hariclia Brecoulaki
13.35 – 14.00 A 4th century BC wooden coffin with syrens from Saqqara, Egypt. Polychromy and meaning.
14.00 – 14.25 Colour and Light: a Hellenistic terracotta figurine of a Maenad from Myrina in the National Museum, Athens.
Brigitte Bourgeois, Giovanni Verri, Violaine Jeammet and Christina Avronidaki
14.25 – 14.50 Preliminary evidence for trends in pigment use in Graeco-Roman funerary portraits from Egypt at The British Museum.
Joanne Dyer and Nicola Newman
14.50 – 15.10 TEA/COFFEE & POSTERS
Session 4 Chair: Sushma Jansari
15.10 -15.35 An Achaemenid God in Colour.
Susanne Ebbinghaus and Katherine Eremin
15.35 - 16.00 Polychromy on Hellenistic-Parthian terracottas from Babylonia
St John Simpson
16.00 – 16.25 Painted sculpture from Parthian Kurdistan.
John MacGinnis, Joanne Dyer, Lucia Pereira-Pardo and Peter Higgs
16.25 – 16.50 New research about polychromy and gilding on Gandharan stone, stucco and clay sculptures.
Simona Pannuzi, Franco Talarico, Giuseppe Guida, Ilaria Bonaduce and Anna Lluveras-Tenorio
19.00 – 21.00 Speakers' dinner at the Great Court Restaurant
Saturday 10 November
Session 5 Chair: Joanne Dyer
9.45 - 10.10 Palmyrene polychromy: Investigations of funerary portraits from Palmyra in the collections of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.
Signe BuccarellaHedegaard and Cecilie Brøns
10.10 – 10.35 Mithras’ colours.
Susanna Bracci, Roberta Iannaccone, Sara Lenzi, Paolo Liverani, Donata Magrini and Giovanni Bartolozzi
10.35 – 11.00 New trends in binder analysis: from the bronze age to medieval polychromes through MS based techniques.
Anna Lluveras-Tenorio, Sibilla Orsini, Alessia Andreotti, Leila Birolo, Giorgia Ntasi, Avinash Yadav, Liam A. McDonnell, Ilaria Bonaduce and Maria Perla Colombini
11.00 – 11.25 From the creation of a database to the first colour experience. Possible ways to communicate polychromy on ancient sculptures.
11.25 – 11.45 TEA/COFFEE
Session 6 Chair: Paolo Liverani
11.45 – 12.10 The polychromy of classical Greek sculpture: Reflections on research methodology.
Jan Stubbe Østergaard
12.10 – 12.35 Who is to decide what is legitimate in art? On the friendship between Canova and Quatremère and the question of how to reconstruct ancient sculptural polychromy.
12.35 – 13.00 Reconstructing architectural polychromy at ancient Ostia.
13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH (not provided)
Session 7 Chair: Brigitte Bourgeois
14.00 – 14.25 Rendering the original colours of Ancient Sculptures and Architecture in 3D Models via Experimentation: Cross-cultural and Methodological Approach.
14.25 – 14.50 The chromatic range of ancient pigments on a marble surface: a digital reconstruction.
14.50 – 15.15 The Palette of Ancient Ritual.
Chelsea Graham and Andrés Garcés
15.15 - 15.40 Aesthetics and Narrative of the Greek Bronze statues from the Quirinal hill in Rome: An archaeological experiment.
Vinzenz Brinkmann and Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann
15.40 – 16.00 TEA/COFFEE
Session 8 Final Discussion Chair: Thorsten Opper
16.00 – 16.25 Research strategies. Ways forward
16.25 – 16.50 An association for polychromy studies?
Meeting of the international network to be held in Dept. Greece and Rome following the end of the final session.