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Talk Online | Ancient plaster: casting light on a forgotten sculptural material (Day 1)

Online | Ancient plaster: casting light on a forgotten sculptural material (Day 1)


British Academy Conferences bring together scholars and specialists from around the world to consider and evaluate new research in the humanities and social sciences. 
This two-day conference will take place on Tuesday 30-Wednesday 31 March. Details about Day 1, including the booking link, can be found on this page. Details about Day 2, including the booking link, are available. 
Marble, bronze, and terracotta are all celebrated materials for sculpture in the round. However, plaster, another noteworthy material in antiquity, is understudied and often absent from the archaeological record. Two major questions regarding the role of plaster in ancient sculpture remain unresolved. This conference, bringing together international experts including archaeologists, conservators, and contemporary sculptors, aims to tackle these debates. Firstly, we will explore plaster as a sculptural material in its own right and address the use of plaster models for the production of works in other media. Secondly, we will tackle the contested issue of life-casting in antiquity, assessing whether such casting was indeed used in the production of bronzes. Pre-recorded demonstrations of plaster working and casting processes will give participants a practical understanding of material and technique. This interdisciplinary practice based focus will facilitate collaboration between archaeologists and contemporary practitioners, enabling cooperative analysis of these important and unresolved research problems.
Day 1 will look at ancient plaster objects, the material of plaster and making sculpture.

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Event details

Tue 30 Mar 2021, 1:45pm

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Venue details

British Academy
10-11 Carlton House Terrace
St James's

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