The papers in this volume derive from the proceedings of the nineteenth International Bronze Congress, held at the Getty Center and Villa in October 2015 in connection with the exhibition Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World. The study of large-scale ancient bronzes has long focused on aspects of technology and production. Analytical work of materials, processes, and techniques has significantly enriched our understanding of the 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 itself affected ancient and modern perceptions of form, value, and status of works of art?

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Daehner, Jens M., Kenneth Lapatin, and Ambra Spinelli, eds. Artistry in Bronze: The Greeks and Their Legacy (XIXth International Congress on Ancient Bronzes). Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum; Getty Conservation Institute, 2017. http://www.getty.edu​/publications​/artistryinbronze.


Daehner, Jens M., et al., editors. Artistry in Bronze: The Greeks and Their Legacy (XIXth International Congress on Ancient Bronzes). J. Paul Getty Museum, 2017. www.getty.edu​/publications​/artistryinbronze. Accessed D MMMM YYYY.

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November 17, 2017

  • First edition

February 8, 2018

  • Minor text corrections
  • Copyright and licensing update
  • Higher-quality images in paper 24

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  • Names: Colloque international sur les bronzes antiques (19th : 2015 : Los Angeles, Calif.) | Daehner, Jens, editor. | Lapatin, Kenneth D. S., editor. | Spinelli, Ambra, 1982- editor. | J. Paul Getty Museum and Getty Conservation Institute, issuing body.
  • Title: Artistry in bronze : the Greeks and their legacy : XIX International congress on ancient bronzes / edited by Jens M. Daehner, Kenneth Lapatin, and Ambra Spinelli.
  • Description: Los Angeles : The J. Paul Getty Museum and Getty Conservation Institute, [2017] | Includes bibliographical references.
  • Identifiers: LCCN 2017023890 (print) | LCCN 2017030606 (ebook) | ISBN 9781606065426 (e-book) | ISBN 9781606065402 (online) | ISBN 9781606065419 (pbk.)
  • Subjects: LCSH: Bronzes, Ancient—Congresses. | Bronzes, Hellenistic—Congresses.
  • Classification: LCC NK7907 (ebook) | LCC NK7907 .C64 2015 (print) | DDC 745.1093—dc23
  • LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2017023890

Front cover: Herm of Dionysus (detail), 200–100 BC. Attributed to the workshop of Boëthos of Kalchedon. Bronze, copper, and stone. Malibu, J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, inv. 79.AB.138