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Ancient color: the technologies and meanings of color in antiquity

This course reconsiders the experience of color in antiquity by looking at the ancient philosophical and scientific ideas of how color existed and was perceived; the linguistic evidence for how color was described (or not described); and the new conservation science and materials science evidence for how color was manufactured, traded and utilized in the ancient world. With this theoretical grounding, students examine ancient polychromed objects in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum collection using multiband imaging, reflectance transformation imaging and x-ray fluorescence analysis to see if these ideas hold true on ancient surfaces.

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