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

Attention All 2015 Presenters: Acta Publication

Proceedings of the XIXth International Congress on Ancient Bronzes will be published by the Getty Trust. All presenters are invited to submit their papers following the guidelines below.

NB. For the first time, the Congress proceedings will be published electronically for wide, free distribution under a CC-BY license. (The Getty supports CC-BY as the paradigm of Open Access publishing, allowing for the greatest contribution to the digital commons.) This license allows others to share, use, and build upon the scholarship so long as they credit the author and publication.

For authors and readers who desire a hardcopy, there will be a print-on-demand option available for purchase.

Language: All papers must be submitted in English. They will be edited both by the volume editors and professional editors.

Length: Papers should be a maximum of 4,000 words, including abstract, notes, and bibliography. (For style, please follow the guidelines established by the American Journal of Archaeology).

Illustrations: Please submit up to 8 high-resolution, reproduction-quality images (photographs, drawings, maps, tables, etc.). Make sure images are of sufficient quality or they will not be able to include them. Authors are also responsible for securing all necessary permissions for reproduction.

Posters: Congress participants who presented posters but desire to submit papers for publication are encouraged to do so. Please follow the guidelines above. Posters as such will not be included in the proceedings.

Deadline: June 1, 2016 (This is a firm deadline, and we hope the volume will appear in 2017.)

The Getty will prepare in due course an official contributor agreement to confirm your participation in the publication. Additional information concerning illustration resolution and permissions will be supplied at that time.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 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?

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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.