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ASCSA Presents Greek Painting in Context – Free Webinar Series

February 13, 2021

ATHENS – The American School of Classical Studies at Athens launches Greek Painting in Context, a new webinar series beginning on Thursday, February 18, 7 PM Athens time/ 12 PM EST, with Beyond Iconography: The Frescoes from the House of the Frescoes at Knossos, featuring speaker Emilia Oddo assistant professor of Greek Archaeology in the Department of Classical Studies at Tulane University.

Over the course of seven webinars, attendees will discover the fascinating world of Ancient Greek painting, from the famous frescoes at Knossos to Macedonian tomb painting.

This new series of webinars considers rare surviving examples of Greek painting in their archaeological setting, namely palaces, houses, temples, and tombs. It will explore the extent to which the works’ original locations informed their pictorial programs, and demonstrate how ancient painters adapted their subjects to new contexts.

Recent discoveries and new scientific advances have led to reevaluations of older material and exciting breakthroughs. In these seven webinars, expert scholars will discuss how paintings on walls and vases relate to their physical contexts as well as to their patrons. This series will be moderated by Prof. Dimitris Plantzos, author of The Art of Painting in Ancient Greece (Kapon 2018), and Prof. Jenifer Neils, Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

The first webinar on February 18 explores the frescoes at Knossos. Excavated by Arthur Evans in 1923, the Neopalatial House of the Frescoes at Knossos owes its name to the rich deposit of elaborately decorated frescoes discovered within it. The frescoes were found stacked in layers at the end of a room within the building they once decorated. The popular image of the blue monkeys and the blue birds on a dark red background, the fragments depicting a lush natural environment, the field with crocus clumps: iconography can reveal important clues to interpret the function of the rooms and the building itself. But it cannot tell us why these frescoes were taken off the walls and stacked together; or whether the stack was a convenient method of trash disposal or a meaningful way to remove special objects. In this lecture, Professor Oddo explores these frescoes and their archaeological context to reconstruct the final moments in the life and afterlife of the House of the Frescoes.

The webinars are free and will be broadcast online.

Those interested may register on Zoom or view on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASCSAthens/.

The full schedule of upcoming webinars is available online: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/events/details/greek-painting-in-context-webinar-series.

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