Ancient Art Council Lecture, "Rethinking Color in Ancient Mediterranean Art," by Dr. Jennifer Stager
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Pair of eyes. Greek, 5th century BC or later. Bronze, marble, frit, quartz, obsidian, 1 ½ in x 2 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis B. Cullman Gift and Norbert Schimmel Bequest, 1911.11.3a, b
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
Moving beyond longstanding debates about whether or not ancient Mediterranean art was polychrome, Dr. Jennifer Stager explores 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 makes a distinction between this pre-Newtonian understanding of color as material and a modern understanding of color as a property of light and analyzes how this distinction has shaped the role of color in western art from antiquity to the present.
This lecture is free after museum general admission. Donations are always welcome.