The J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
On behalf of the organizing committee, we are pleased to announce that registration for the 19th International Congress on Ancient Bronzes (held October 13-17, 2015 at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California) is open.
Archaeologists, art historians, conservators, curators, scientists, and students will convene at both the Getty Villa in Malibu and the Getty Center in Brentwood to investigate the artistry, craftsmanship, production, conservation, and science of ancient bronzes.
Artistry in Bronze: The Greeks and their Legacy
The study of large-scale ancient bronzes has long focused on aspects of technology and production. Analytical work regarding casting cores, alloys, joins, and patinas has significantly advanced our understanding of materials, processes, and techniques involved in this medium. Most recently, the restoration history of bronzes has established itself as a distinct area of investigation. How does this scholarship bear on the understanding of bronzes within the wider history of ancient art? How do these technical data relate to our ideas of styles and development? How has the material bronze affected ancient and modern perceptions of form, value, and status of works of art?
The Congress, co-sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute, coincides with, and is energized by, the exhibition Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World on view at the Getty Center through November 1, 2015. The exhibition provides an extraordinary opportunity to see important new finds and many of the best-known ancient bronzes displayed side-by-side for the first time.