Moving beyond longstanding debates about whether or not ancient Mediterranean art was polychrome, the speaker will explore how polychromy impacts our interpretations of ancient objects: what we know of ancient Mediterranean conceptions of color and how art and early philosophy intersected to craft an understanding of colors as material phenomena. She will make a distinction between this pre-Newtonian understanding of color as material and a modern understanding of color as a property of light and analyze how this distinction has shaped the role of color in western art from antiquity to the present.
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Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.
Rethinking Color in Ancient Mediterranean Art
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Dr. Jennifer Stager
Lecture is free and open to the public; donations are always gratefully accepted