Throughout history, people have restored and repaired objects. In the 18th to mid-19th centuries, for instance, it was common practice to replace the lost arms, legs, and noses of ancient marble sculptures. The impact of this work on our understanding of ancient objects has only recently become the subject of scholarly focus. Using technical evidence gleaned from case studies of restored sculptures, conservation researcher Jerry Podany will examine how changing tastes have influenced the modes and extent of restoration and our perceptions of ancient sculpture. The lecture will be followed by a public reception.
This program is one of two lectures that are generously funded each year by the Boshell Foundation.