ABOUT THIS BOOK
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?
Jens M. Daehner is associate curator in the Department of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum, coauthor of Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, Picabia (Getty Publications, 2011), and, with Kenneth Lapatin, coeditor of Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World (Getty Publications, 2015). Kenneth Lapatin is curator in the Department of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. He is the editor of The Berthouville Silver Treasure and Roman Luxury (Getty Publications, 2014) and coeditor of The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection (Getty Publications, 2012). Ambra Spinelli is a PhD candidate in art history and Mellon Fellow in digital humanities at the University of Southern California.