Articles, Books and Book Chapters published in 2023

"The goddess’ new clothes: the carving and polychromy of the Parthenon Sculptures"

Giovanni Verri, Hero Granger-Taylor, Ian Jenkins, Tracey Sweek, Katarzyna Weglowska and William Thomas Wootton

Antiquity, 2023, 97(395), 1173 - 1192.

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Published online - 11/10/2023.

"Beyond “Volute Capitals”: Materials, Meaning, and Adaptations of a Phoenician Motif"

Fanni Faegersten and Carolina López-Ruiz

Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies, 2023, 11(2), 229-255. 

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Published online - 06/10/2023.

"The Colourant Mapping Project: approaching the evidence of colourant production in the Aegean during the Hellenistic and Roman Period through Kea, Kos and Rhodes"

Ariadne Kostomitsoupoulou-Marketou & Alexandra Rodler-Rørbo

Archaeol Anthropol Sci 2023, 15, 160.

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Published online - 05/10/2023.

"Roman Clavus Decoration on Gallic Dress: A Reevaluation Based on New Discoveries"

Ursula Rothe, Anique Hamelink and Nicolas Delferrière

American Journal of Archaeology, 2023, 127(4), 545-562.

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Published online - 13/09/2023.

“Investigating Colors and Techniques on theWall Paintings of the ‘Tomb of the Philosophers’, an Early Hellenistic Macedonian Monumental Cist Tomb in Pella (Macedonia, Greece)

Hariclia Brecoulaki, Giovanni Verri, Myrina Kalaitzi, Yannis Maniatis and Maria Lilimpaki-Akamati

Heritage 2023, 6(8), 5619-5647.

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Published online - 28/07/2023.

Minerva in Colours: First Results on a Polychrome Roman Sculpture from Carnuntum (Pannonia)

Gabrielle Kremer, Robert Linke, Georg Plattner, Eduard Pollhammer, Marina Brzakovic, Robert Krickl, Nirvana Silnovic and Václav Pitthard

Heritage 2023, 6(7), 5213-5241.

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Published online - 11/07/2023.

Article collection:

Proceedings from the conference on Ancient Science and Technology of colour: Pigments, dyes, drugs and their perception in Antiquity held at the University of Pisa on 28-29 April, 2022.

TECHNAI: An International Journal for Ancient Science and Technology

Published by Fabrizio Serra editore, Pisa · Roma

Volume 14, 2023


*Vinzenz Brinkmann, Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann
Tracking blue. Some remarks on blue colour materials in the polychromy of ancient Greek sculpture (Open Access)
DOI: 10.19272/202310501002

*Giovanni Verri, Hariclia Brecoulaki
"From the face and the expression of the eyes": Multidisciplinary studies of pigments in ancient Greek and Roman painted surfaces (Open Access)
DOI: 10.19272/202310501003

*Agnès Rouveret
Certamen artis ac naturae. Couleurs et matières dans la définition plinienne de la peinture (Histoire naturelle, livre 35) (Open Access)
DOI: 10.19272/202310501004

*Chiara Ballestrazzi
The colours of gemstones in Pliny the Elder’s Natural History, Book 37 (Open Access)
DOI: 10.19272/202310501005

*Effie Photos-Jones
Pigments giving more than colour: The case of Lemnian earth or miltos (Open Access)
DOI: 10.19272/202310501006

*Maria Michela Sassi
A few remarks on the relationship between materials, technology and colour experience in ancient Greece (Open Access)
DOI: 10.19272/202310501007

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Published online - 15/06/2023.

"Some Considerations on Recent Approaches to Cleaning, Conservation, and Display of Ancient Marble Sculptures from Historical Collections"

Federica Giacomini

Studies in Conservation 2023, 1-9.

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Published online - 15/05/2023.


“Tracking Trajectories: Projecting Polychromy onto a Roman Relief from a Scottish Castle”

Louisa Campbell

Heritage 2023, 6(4), 3722-3744

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Published online - 14/04/2023.

"Making and working Egyptian blue – a review of the archaeological evidence"

Ilia Kovalev, Alexandra S. Rodler, Cecilie Brøns and Thilo Rehren

Journal of Archaeological Science, 2023153, 105772.

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Published online - 08/04/2023.

"New Evidence about the Polychromy of Early Imperial Cycle from the Augusteum of Rusellae (Tuscany)"

Paolo Liverani, Susanna Bracci, Roberta Iannaccone, Sara Lenzi and Donata Magrini

Heritage 2023, 6(4), 3385-3401.

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Published online - 23/03/2023.

"Color and Light: A Hellenistic Terracotta Figurine of a Maenad from Myrina"

Brigitte Bourgeois, Giovanni Verri and Violaine Jeammet

Heritage 2023, 6(3), 3005-3024.

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Published - 12/03/2023.


"Polychromy in Ancient Greek Sculpture: New Scientific Research on an Attic Funerary Stele at the Metropolitan Museum of Art"

Elena Basso, Federico Carò and Dorothy H. Abramitis

Appl. Sci. 2023, 13(5), 3102.

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Published online - 28/02/2023.

"The Gosford Wellhead: An Ancient Roman Masterpiece"

Seán Hemingway, with a contribution by Dorothy H. Abramitis, Federico Carò, and Adriana Rizzo

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v.80, no. 3 (Winter, 2023)

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Published - 08/02/23 

Recent books

"Color and Meaning in the Art of Achaemenid Persia"

Alexander Nagel

Published by Cambridge University Press

This volume investigates the use of polychromy in the art and architecture of ancient Iran. Focusing on Persepolis, the topic is explored within the context of the modern historiography of Achaemenid art and the scientific investigation of a range of works and monuments in Iran and in museums around the world. Nagel's study contextualizes scholarly efforts to retrieve aspects of ancient polychromies in Western Asia and interrogates current debates about the contemporary use of color in the architecture and sculpture in the ancient Mediterranean world, especially in North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean.

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Published -14/09/23.

"Imperial Colors. The Roman Portrait Busts of Septimius Severus and Julia Domna"

J. Van Voorhis and M. Abbe (with J. G. Istrabadi)

Published by Giles, Ltd (London). In association with the S. and L. Eskenazi Museum of Art, University of Indiana. 2023.

A major new illustrated survey on two internationally significant Imperial Roman portrait busts. Imperial Colors focuses on the paired busts of Emperor Septimius Severus (r. 193-211) and his wife, Empress Julia Domna in the Eskenazi Museum of Art, two of the finest known examples of later Roman portrait sculpture. This book presents innovative multidisciplinary research . 

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Published - March 2023.

"Colour in Late Antique Art: An Aesthetic Exploration of Polychromy"

Bente Kiilerich

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Published - 13/04/2023.

"Au Plaisir Des Dieux: Expériences Du Sensible Dans Les Rituels En Grèce Ancienne"

Adeline Grand-Clément

Published by Anacharsis Publishing

In ancient Greece the gods were omnipresent, from the clouds to the smallest sprig of rosemary. Rituals flourished. Soliciting deities was both frequent and extraordinary – and always possibly dangerous.

We know the procedures mobilized in these fragile moments of the "kitchen of sacrifice"; We are less informed about the range of senses that had to be awakened at the crucial moment of the encounter with the gods.
Adeline Grand-Clément embarks here on an investigation as close as possible to the feelings of the participants, meticulously seeking to grasp how darkness or light, colours, smells, touch, sounds or landscapes shaped specific sensory spaces, considered effective because they satisfy the pleasure of the gods. 

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Published - 03/03/2023.

"The Colours of medieval English Alabaster Panels. Polychromy, production and perception" (English Edition)

Markus Schlicht, Aurélie Mounier, Maud Mulliez, in collaboration with Pascal Mora and Romain Pacanowski.

Published by Ausonius editions.

The book details the work of a multidisciplinary team on the analysis and reconstruction of the polychromy of several English alabaster panels preserved in the Bordeaux region, and is available online.

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Published - 31/01/2023.

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