Materials Lab Workshop: Making Faces
This workshop accompanies the exhibition Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt: Facing Forward, which invites viewers to ask more about the complicated histories of these portraits and the people they depict. The exhibition explores what can be learned about the artistic process and current condition of these works through scientific analysis and technical research conducted by staff in the Harvard Art Museums’ Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies. Funerary Portraits is on view through December 30, 2022.
In this two-part workshop, join us first in the exhibition galleries with curator Susanne Ebbinghaus and conservator Kate Smith for a close look at the portraits and learn what our curators, conservators, and scientists have discovered about them. Then take that experience to the Materials Lab, where you’ll make your own version of an ancient tempera painting using some of the same materials and techniques used by Roman-period artists. This workshop aims to honor and remember the woman in the ancient portrait we will copy, and to celebrate the relationship between artist and sitter that allowed the woman’s essence to be captured so powerfully.
Susanne Ebbinghaus, George M.A. Hanfmann Curator of Ancient Art and Head, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art
Kate Smith, Conservator of Paintings and Head of Paintings Lab, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies
No prior experience necessary. This workshop will take place in the Materials Lab, Lower Level.
$15 materials fee. Registration is required and space is limited. Registration for this workshop will open on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at this link, and participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. To join the waitlist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Minimum age of 14.
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- Krystle Brown