Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Pheidias and the frieze of the Parthenon, 1868-1869 (courtesy Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery)

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Preliminary Program, 10th International Round Table on Ancient Polychromy, Berlin, James Simon Gallery, Nov. 11-13, 2020

Color & Space Interfaces of Ancient Architecture and Sculpture

Wednesday, 11/11/2020

13:00 – 14:00Registration
14:00 – 14:10Welcome
14:10 – 14:30Introduction/Title TBD (Zink)

Light, Shadow, and Brilliance: Manipulating Form and Perception

Chair: Brigitte Bourgeois

14:30 – 15:00 R. Posamentir (Tübingen)
Painted or not painted – that is still the question
15:00 – 15:30A. Nunn (Würzburg)
Mesopotamische Statuen – Farbe, Licht und Architektur
15:30 – 16:00Coffee break
16:00 – 16:30P. Jockey (Paris Nanterre), M. Alfeld (Delft)
The Polychromy of the Frieze of the Siphnian Treasury at Delphi: an example case of a close
interaction between color and space in a Panhellenic sanctuary
16:30 – 17:00E. Neri (Paris), N. Kopczinski (Paris), F. Béjaoui (Tunis), F. Baratte (Paris)
Portraits romains dorés de l’odéon de Carthage
17:00 – 17:30P. Liverani (Florence)
Σκιά and χρῶμα, the importance of preparatory drawing
17:30 – 18:00Coffee break

Re-Contextualization and Visualization: Sculpture in its Architectural Setting (part 1)

Chair: Jan Stubbe Østergaard

18:00 – 18:30 G. Verri, K. Raff, R. Sabino (Chicago)
Battling the giants: the investigations and interpretation of the polychromy of an Etruscan
terracotta gigantomachy
18:30 – 19:00L. Ungaro (Rome)
Marmi dipinti, marmi colorati nel Foro di Augusto: un unico programma architettonico-

Thursday, 11/12/2020

Re-Contextualization and Visualization: Sculpture in its Architectural Setting (part 2)

Chair: Jan Stubbe Østergaard

09:00 – 09:30 S. Bracci, G. Bartolozzi, S. Lenzi, P. Liverani, D. Magrini, R. Manganelli Del Fà (Florence),
R. Iannaccone (Sassari)
Marble sculptures and their context in the so-called “Villa of Poppaea” at Oplontis
09:30 – 10:00C. Barandoni (Naples)
Analysing, documenting, and re-contextualizing the Farnese Collection statues from
the Baths of Caracalla in Rome

Interiors and Exteriors: Color as a Medium of Architecture

Chair: Paolo Liverani

10:00 – 10:30 H. Brecoulaki (Athens)
Why purple? Color as medium and message on the walls of the Mycenaean palace at Pylos
10:30 – 11:00A. Nagel (New York City)
On Choreographed Polychromies at Persepolis, Susa and Beyond: Achaemenid Monumental Facades between Painted Stone, Glaze, and Wall Painting
11:00 – 11:30Coffee break
11:30 – 12:00E. Walter-Karydi (Athens)
Wall Decorations and their Coloring in Hellenistic Houses
12:00 – 12:30V. Ruppienė (Würzburg)
Colors and marmora in the aula palatina of the Late Antique imperial palace at Trier
12:30 – 13:00S. Zink (Berlin), J. Hainbach (Berlin/Munich), I. Reiche (Paris), J. Pflug (Berlin),
M. Ceci (Rome)
Temple A at Largo Argentina: the changing color schemes of a Mid Republican temple in Rome
13:00 – 14:30Lunch break

Semantics and Symbolisms: the Meaning of Color

Chair: Martin Maischberger

14:30 – 15:00 F. Henke (Erlangen-Nürnberg)
White Marble
15:00 – 15:30J.S. Østergaard (Copenhagen)
The color black: shades of meaning in the sculpture of classical antiquity
15:30 – 16:00K. Sonne Møller (Copenhagen)
Reflections on the Polychromy of the Archaistic Statue of Diana from Pompeii
16:00 – 16:30Coffee break
16:30 – 17:00C. Roberts (Ann Arbor, MI)
Creating sacred spaces through color choice in the Roman-Egyptian tombs of
17:00 – 17:30S. Pedone (Rome), P. Andreucetti (Lucca)
Colored Medieval Sculpture: Blue and Gold between East and West
18:00 – 19:30Visit of Pergamon Panorama
20:00Speakers dinner

Friday: 11/13/2020

News From Current Research

Greek contexts

Chair: Stephan Zink

09:00 – 09:30 P.J. Higgs, J. Dyer (London)
Coloring the temples of Artemis at Ephesos
09:30 – 10:00E. Aggelakopoulou, A. Bakolas (Athens)
The Parthenon’s Cornice Blocks – Study of the ancient pigments and painting
techniques via analytical methods
10:00 – 10:30B. Bourgeois (Paris), G. Verri (Chicago), V. Jeammet (Paris), T. Deviese (Oxford)
Purple for the Demos. Art and Luxury in Greek Coroplastic Polychromy of the
4th-3rd c. BCE
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break
11:00 – 11:30D.H. Abramitis, S. Lepinski (New York City)
Polychromy in the Greek and Roman Collections in the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York
11:30 – 12:00B. Bourgeois, Y. Vandenberghe, V. Jeammet (Paris)
News from the Pilina research project: identifying a lime painting technique on Greek terracotta figurines (Attic and Boeotia, 4th-3rd cent. BCE)

Roman contexts

Chair: Joanne Dyer

12:00 – 12:30 E. Canna (Ercolano), K. Lapatin (Los Angeles), P. Marraffa (Ercolano), F. Sirano
(Ercolano), M. Svoboda (Los Angeles)
Exploring Ancient Color at the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum
12:30 – 13:00E. Neri (Paris), L. de Viguerie (Paris), C. Bouvier (Paris), A. Brunelle, (Paris) Fathi Béjaoui (Tunis), F. Baratte (Paris)
The polychromy and wax finishing of an Imperial colossal statue from Thougga in
the Bardo collection (Tunisia)
13:00 – 14:00Lunch break
14:00 – 14:30C. Barandoni, A. Rossi (Naples)
A scientific step forward in the study of three famous Venuses from the National
Archaeological Museum of Naples
14:30 – 15:00R. Iannacone (Sassari), B. Vak, K. Uhlir, M. Griesser, K. Zhuber-Okrog (Vienna)
Recent analyses on the polychromy of Campana reliefs in the Antikensammlung of
the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
15:00 – 15:30Coffee break

Beyond the Greco-Roman World

Chair:  Ina Reiche

15:30 – 16:00 T. Chapa Brunet (Madrid), M. Belén Deamos (Sevilla)
Color in the pre-Roman Iberian sculpture and architecture
16:00 – 16:30M. Naes, P. Agoridou, I. Mantouvalou, F. Förste, S. Schmid, B. Kanngießer (Berlin)
Technical and provenance study of recently discovered Nabataean Marble Sculpture from
Umm al-Biyara in Petra, Jordan 
16:30 – 17:00M. Mulliez, A. Mournier, M. Schlicht (Bordeaux)
The polychromy of English medieval alabaster panels preserved in Aquitaine (France)
17:00 – 17:45Final discussion (chair: Jan S. Østergaard)
18:00 – 19:00Round Table Members Meeting