The Pervasiveness of Pigment in Antiquity

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Florence Gould Theater Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Presented by: Dr. Vinzenz Brinkmann, Dr. Kenneth Lapatin, Dr. Alexander Nagel, and Jane Williams,

Opening remarks by Dr. Renée Dreyfus, Curator in Charge of Ancient Art and Interpretation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco


The Splendor of Classical Bronze Statues
Dr. VInzenz Brinkmann
Head of Antiquities, Liebieghaus Sculpture Collection, Frankfurt

Beyond Sculpture: Color in Greece and Rome
Dr. Kenneth Lapatin
Curator of Antiquities, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Promising Stories: New Research on Paints and Pigments in Ancient Persia and the Near East
Dr. Alexander Nagel
Research Associate, Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

A Portrait's Palette: A Technical Exploration of Roman-era Paintings from Tebtunis
Jane Williams
Head of Objects Conservation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

This symposium celebrates the opening of exhibition, Gods in Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World, at the Legion of Honor from 28 October 2017 through 7 January 2018.

The symposium is sponsored by Elizabeth D. Moyer, PhD, and Michael Powanda, PhD.


Tickets are available beginning 1 September and are $15 for Ancient Art Council members, museum members, and students; $20 general. Admission into the exhibition, Gods in Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World, is not included. Seating is first-come first-served. Registration will begin at 9:30 am on the morning of the symposium. Ticketholders will go the entrance of the Florence Gould Theater to sign in.

About Programs at the Ancient Art Council

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