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Art Talk Live: Color in an Ancient Greek Ceramic

Depicted on an ancient vessel are two runners with torches racing toward an altar with a priest standing behind it.
Bell krater (bowl for mixing wine and water): Torch race, Greek, c. 430–420 BCE. Terracotta. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of David M. Robinson, 1960.344.

Gallery Talk


This event requires registration; see further details below.

Join conservator Susan Costello as she focuses on numerous facets of color surrounding an ancient Greek ceramic vessel. She’ll explain how the original color was manufactured, what issue came up when conservators tried restoring the color, and how the Forbes Pigment Collection helped conservators figure out what went wrong.

Led by:
Susan Costello, Conservator of Objects and Sculpture, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies

This talk is part of the series Fresh Perspectives, an initiative that centers the role of the museumgoer. Like talks in the ReFrame series, these programs highlight diverse voices and broad interpretations of difficult histories and untold narratives. This approach encourages visitors to consider alternative ways of understanding an object, culture, or theme.

This talk will take place online via Zoom. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.

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Art Talks Live are presented via Zoom and offer an up-close look at works from our collections with our team of curators, conservators, fellows, and graduate students.

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