Jeppson Idea Lab: Master Vases from Ancient Greece

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Date & Time: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017

Suggested Audiences: Elementary, Middle School, High School, College, Adult, Elders
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Worcester Art Museum
Jeppson Idea Lab
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Cost: Free with Museum admission
Promotions: Woo Pass: $2 off general admission for up to 4 adults
Description: This exhibition will feature three of WAM's best ancient Greek vases: the Herakles amphora by the Leagros Painter (1966.63), the Thetis stamnos by the the Tyszkiewicz Painter (1953.92) and the lekythos depicting Two Women Carrying Offerings to the Dead by the Achilles Painter (1900.65). Exquisitely paintedincluding foreshortening, a painting technique believed to have been invented in the Renaissancethese three vases were made in Athens over 2,500 years ago. They represent three major Greek vase painting traditions: the black-figure, the red-figure and the white ground painting tradition. The ingeniousand mysteriousfiring method that produced their distinctive red and black colors, which is a milestone in the history of ceramic technology, was only re-discovered in the 20th century. Also present is a unique line type which stands proud of the surface, only visible on Greek vases, called relief line. When Museum conservators studied the relief lines on these vases using cutting edge surface examination tools they determined that these lines were not extruded like a baker would extrude icing for cake decoration but were produced with a brush made of only a few hairs.

Related Event: Master Series Third Thursday
April 20, 2017

Speaker: Paula Artal-Isbrand, objects conservator, Worcester Art Museum; Amanda Reiterman, Archaeologist.

Image: Lekythos representing Two Women Carrying Offerings to the Dead by the Achilles Painter (1900.65)
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