Black- and red-figure Athenian pottery from the sixth through the fourth centuries B.C. was produced by a sophisticated and large-scale ceramic industry. However, despite years of study, aspects of the technology used by ancient craftsmen to create the shiny black decorated surfaces—known as black gloss—remain a mystery.
Hear how scientists, art historians, and conservators are working together to better understand the materials and techniques used by artisans to create this iconic pottery. The Getty Conservation Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, in collaboration with scientists from The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California and SLAC, Stanford University's National Accelerator Facility in Menlo Park, California, are bringing together modern high-tech scientific analysis with art historical insight and technical observations to investigate these vessels. Project team members David Saunders, Jeffrey Maish, Marc Walton, and Brendan Foran present an overview of the research methods and discuss how the study of materials and techniques can provide insight into ancient ceramic technology, artistic expression and workshop practice.
Date: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Free; a ticket is required. Call Getty Visitor Services at (310) 440-7300