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Art Talk Live: Up Close and Personal—Looking at Ancient Textiles [CANCELED]

A rectangular textile fragment that features four roundels with animals.
Cuff band with animals in interlocking scrolls, Byzantine, late 4th to early 5th century. Wool and linen, tapestry weave. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Benjamin and Lilian Hertzberg, 2004.204.

Gallery Talk

This event has been rescheduled to Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 12:30pm.

Egyptian makers were skilled at using only a few materials to create a rich variety of textiles, but we rarely have detailed information about the people who made them or their artistic processes.

Join conservation fellow Julie Wertz to explore what close looking, microscopy, and micro-analytical techniques can teach us about the materials and methods these unknown makers used to create beautiful and functional art objects.

Led by:
Julie Wertz, Beal Family Postgraduate Fellow in Conservation Science, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies

This talk is part of a series inspired by ReFrame, a museum-wide initiative to reimagine the function, role, and future of the university art museum. These talks examine difficult histories, foreground untold stories, and experiment with new approaches to the collections of the Harvard Art Museums, reflecting the concerns of our world today.

This talk will take place online via Zoom. Free admission, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.

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Art Talks Live are presented via Zoom every other Tuesday at 12:30pm (ET) 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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