October 13-17, 2015
The Getty Center, Brentwood, and the Getty Villa, Malibu

Proceedings of the XIXth International Congress on Ancient Bronzes are being published by the Getty. This first-ever electronic publication of bronze congress acta is currently in progress. We aim to have it available before the next congress, which will be held at the University of Tübingen, Germany April 17-21, 2018.

Please submit questions via email to BronzeCongress2015@getty.edu.

Archaeologists, art historians, conservators, curators, scientists, and students convened 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.

The Congress, co-sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute, coincided with the exhibition Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World, which was on view at the Getty Center through July 28 through November 1, 2015. The exhibition provided an extraordinary opportunity to see important new finds and many of the best-known ancient bronzes displayed side-by-side for the first time.


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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 Getty Villa
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The Getty Center
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Banner images: Herm of Dionysos (detail), attributed to the Workshop of Boethos of Kalchedon, Greek, Asia Minor, 100-60 B.C., bronze and stone.