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.

The Congress is organized to coincide with, and be energized by, the exhibition Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World on view at the Getty Center July 28 through November 1, 2015. The exhibition will provide an extraordinary opportunity to see important new finds and many of the best-known ancient bronzes displayed side-by-side for the first time.


Preliminary schedule now available!
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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 2015 Congress, held in conjunction with an unprecedented exhibition of Hellenistic bronze statuary, invites presentations of new research with an emphasis on art-historical, aesthetic, and chronological issues regarding Greek bronze sculptures, as well as questions of their reception in later periods and cultural contexts, beginning with the Hellenistic and its disparate centers of bronze working. Presentations addressing other topics are also welcome.
Submission process and guidelines for paper and poster presentations »

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