London talk on mosaics March 23rd 2013

London talk on mosaics March 23rd 2013

A very interesting talk coming up, good to see the focus on how they think the ancient mosaics were actually made. 

Here’s the program:
10.30 – 10.40 Introduction
10.40 – 11.20 Ruth Westgate (University of Cardiff),
‘The mosaicists’ customers: who were they, and what did they want?’
11.20 – 12.00 Cristina Boschetti (Universities of Nottingham and Padua),
‘Making ancient mosaics: materials and techniques’
12.00 – 12.10 Practical demonstration by Monica Piovesana and Giulia Vogrig:
‘Materials: qualities and selection’
12.10 – 12.50 Will Wootton (King’s College London),
‘Making mosaicists: re-constructing the Classical craftsman’
12.50 – 13.00 Practical demonstration by Monica Piovesana and Giulia Vogrig:
‘Preparation: cutting and tools’
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch (and film screenings)
14.00 – 14.40 Stephen Cosh,
‘Understanding ancient workshops: how to identify ‘Groups’ of mosaicists in Roman Britain’
14.40 – 14.50 Practical demonstration by Monica Piovesana and Giulia Vogrig:
‘Laying: andamento’
14.50 – 15.30 Liz James (University of Sussex),
‘Making Byzantine wall mosaics’
15.30 – 16.00 Tea and Coffee (and film screenings)
16.00 – 16.10 Practical demonstration by Monica Piovesana and Giulia Vogrig:
Setting: methods and adhesives’
16.10 – 16.50 Heike Zech (Victoria and Albert Museum),
‘Making micromosaics: beyond the Doves of Pliny (ca. 1750-1850)’
16.50 – 17.00 Practical demonstration by Monica Piovesana and Giulia Vogrig:
‘Fixing and finishing’
17.00 – 17.40 Roger Ling (University of Manchester),
‘Mosaic forgeries and how to recognise them’
17.40 – 18.00 Questions and Conclusions

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