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  ‘Drawing the Greek Vase’

A One-Day Workshop at Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Friday 26 June 2015, 9.30 am to 7.00 pm

Generously supported by the Oxford University John Fell OUP Research Fund and The Corpus Christi College Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity


Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (Corpus Christi College, Oxford and King’s College London) &

Dr Caspar Meyer (Birkbeck College, London)

 A one-day workshop exploring the depiction of ancient Greek Vases in two-dimensional media from the eighteenth century to the present. Issues to be discussed include the range, purpose and audience of drawings, their aesthetic choices, the manner in which they transform three-dimensional functional ceramic artefacts into two-dimensional depictions evoking the value and desirability of antiquities. What effect have these drawings had on the status, understanding and scholarship of Greek Vases? The workshop is intended to raise questions about visualization and representation, to focus attention on a key mode of receiving Classical material culture, and to stimulate discussion and new approaches to Greek Vases.


Registration and Coffee from 9.30 in the Rainolds Room

Session 1: 10.00-12.30

Chair: Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis

10.00-10.50 Dr Caspar Meyer: ‘Drawings of Vases as Simulacra: On the Non-Mimetic Content of Antiquarian Visualizations’

10.50-11.40 Dr Katharina Lorenz (Nottingham): ‘Studying Narrative on Late-Fifth Century Vases. Adolf Furtwängler’s Hervorragende Vasenbilder and their Methodological Implications’

11.40-12.30 Professor Richard Neer (Chicago): ‘Beazley, Drawing and the Use of Pleasure’

 12.30-13.30 Lunch (Fraenkel Room)

 Session 2: 13.30-14.30

Chair: Dr Thomas Mannack

13.30-14.00 Dr Peter Stewart (CARC Director) and Dr Diana Rodriguez Perez

(Beazley Archive Pottery Database): ‘Beazley’s Drawings and the Beazley Archive’, followed by a Handling Session of a selection of Beazley’s Drawings

 Session 3: 14.30-18.00

Chair: Professor Jas’ Elsner

14.30-15.20 Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis: ‘Incipient Archaeology and Two-Dimensional Recording of Greek Vases in the Early C19th: The Case of Thomas Burgon in Ottoman Athens’

15.20-16.10 Professor Milette Gaifman (Yale): ‘The Flattened Greek Vase’

 16.10-16.40 Tea (Fraenkel Room)

 16.40-17.30 Dr Nikolaus Dietrich (Berlin and Heidelberg):‘Drawing vs. Photography: On the Gains and Losses of Technical Innovation’

 17.30-18.00 Plenary Discussion

 18.00-19.00 Drinks Reception

19.30 Speakers’ Dinner

 Due to the size of the room there is a limit on numbers of participants and registration in advance is necessary by emailing Dr Caspar Meyer ( Participation costs £9.50, which covers lunch, coffee, tea and drinks reception (CCC graduates do not pay). Please send a cheque payable to Corpus Christi College Oxford to Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis, Corpus Christi College Oxford OX1 4JF, by 15 June ( 

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