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Exploring Fragments: Digital Approaches To The Study Of Athenian Vase Painting

  • 4 Apr 2022
  • 5:30 PM (CDT)
  • Virtual

Exploring Fragments: Digital Approaches To The Study Of Athenian Vase Painting

AIA Society: Lincoln/Omaha
Lecturer: Danielle Smotherman Bennett

Ceramics are the most numerous class of material object we have from ancient Greece, but much of this material is fragmentary. Today, fragments of Athenian vases are dispersed across the world in museums and private collections. The pieces, unlike more complete pieces, are often poorly published, infrequently the sole focus of scholarly work, and rarely on display. This talk presents several ways that digital techniques are expanding what we know about Athenian vase painting, including work on my digital humanities project, Athena’s Repository. Digital tools, such as digital databases and computational photography techniques including Reflectance Transformation Imaging and Photogrammetry, can make this class of material culture more accessible to the public and to scholars. As a transformative tool for scholars, Athena’s Repository will greatly enhance our understanding of extant pieces, serve as an archival record in case of their destruction, and facilitate wider access to the materials for educational purposes.

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