The Getty Center
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Mental Landscape / Cragg
The Mediterranean Sea remains the richest reservoir of ancient bronzes, and some of the most spectacular and well-known masterpieces have been recovered from the Aegean over the past 130 years. In the early 20th century, however, salvage missions were pioneered by enthusiastic land archaeologists who did not dive and were therefore not directly involved with the retrieval of finds from the seabed. Their absence from the finds' archaeological context had a tremendous impact on our understanding of the objects and shipwreck sites themselves. More recently, attempts have been made to understand better the circumstances in which statues were transported, but isolated discoveries still outnumber those with known contexts.

Marine archaeologist George Koutsouflakis presents an overview of bronzes found in the Aegean and takes a closer look at lesser known discoveries, whether retrieved from the sea over the last twenty years or long forgotten in museum storerooms and private collections.

This lecture complements the exhibition Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World on view at the Getty Center through November 1, 2015.

About George Koutsouflakis
George Koutsouflakis is director of archaeological sites, monuments, and research at the Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports, and serves as a member of the board of the Hellenic Institute of Maritime Archaeology (HIMA). Koutsouflakis completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in archaeology and history of art at the University of Athens. Since 2006 he is director of the South Euboean Gulf Survey Project, a large scale underwater survey for the location and study of ancient and medieval shipwrecks. He has participated in numerous land digs as well as underwater excavations at shipwrecks sites and submerged installations, and has conducted a number of underwater surveys in Crete, the Dodecanese, Northern Sporades, and Cyclades, contributing more than 40 previous unknown ancient shipwrecks to the database of known shipwrecks.

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