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CARC Workshop 2016: The Maker’s Share in Ancient Greek Art - 26-27/09/2016, Oxford (England)


The artist has always had an ambiguous place in histories of ancient Greek Art. On the one hand, famous individuals have been singled out as formative figures in the development of art. Characters such as Pheidias, Polykleitos, Praxiteles and Apelles, known mainly from later textual sources and presumed Roman copies, have always provoked intense interest despite the absence of extant works. This has no doubt been influenced by some artists’ own attempts to enhance their intellectual status, for example in Polykleitos’s lost treatise, the Canon. At the same time, scholarship on Attic vase-painting and other ceramic traditions has been structured and dominated in the last century by the attribution of works to, usually anonymous, craftsmen. This form of connoisseurship, founded by Sir John Beazley in imitation of Renaissance arthistory, has given us an extraordinary apparatus, the ability to examine a twohundred-year-old craft tradition at the level of individual makers, but our knowledge of these artists, their relationships, and their place in society remains rather rudimentary.


In parallel to these artist-focused histories of art, classical archaeology has also exhibited a strong tendency towards broader explanations and classifications. The production of art has been viewed in relation to general trends and cultural shifts that subsume the humble artists: the ‘Greek Revolution’, for example, the ‘Severe Style’, the collective experiences of democratic Athens, or the alleged shift towards greater realism and individualism in the Late Classical Period. At the same time there has been a strong emphasis on regional styles. There have also been positive reactions against the study of individual artists, notably in some anthropologically-informed, ‘structuralist’ approaches to Attic vase-paintings in the 1980s. However, classical art history has not witnessed the same crisis of confidence about the artist’s role which characterized modern art history from the 1970s to 1990s. The artist’s role in Greek art has been relatively little theorized and there has been comparatively little socialhistorical investigation.


The purpose of CARC’s workshop is to try and reconcile the contradictions in these diverse approaches, stimulating fresh, new perspectives in order to elucidate the role of the artist in the formation of Greek art, especially in the Archaic and Classical periods. The research of the last 150 years has resulted in a phenomenal body of evidence and ideas, reflected most recently in the publication of the Neue Overbeck (a five-volume revision of Johannes Overbeck’s famous compendium of sources for Greek artists). It is an excellent moment to exploit this legacy by looking afresh at the maker’s share.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 26-27/09/2016


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford (Oxford, England)



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Monday 26th September, 2016


1000 Welcome and Introduction

Dr Peter Stewart (Director, Classical Art Research Centre)


1030 Working the Makers or Making the Workers? Agency and Status in Athenian Sculpture

Dr Helle Hochscheid (University College Roosevelt, Middelburg)


1130 Break - coffee and tea


1200 Individuality and Innovation in Greek Sculpture: A View from the Athenian Agora

Prof Andrew Stewart (University of California, Berkeley)


1300 Lunch (not provided)


1400 Collingwood, Agency, and the Archaeological Imagination: Style as Intention in Late Classical Attic Sculpture

Prof Peter Schultz (North Dakota State University)


1500 Orphaned Objects: Pliny's Unfinished Paintings and the Phenomenology of the Incomplete

Dr Verity Platt (Cornell University)


1600 Break - coffee and tea


1630 Title to be confirmed

Dr Eleni Hasaki (University of Arizona)


1730 Concluding Comments on Day 1.


1815 Reception


Tuesday 27th September, 2016


1000 Beware of Athenians Signing Pots

Dr Thomas Mannack (CARC, University of Oxford)


1100 Break - coffee and tea


1130 Transmission and Transformation of the Visual Repertoire: The Vase-Painter’s Choices

Prof François Lissarrague (EHESS, Paris)


1230 Lunch (not provided)


1400 The Maker’s Share in the Making of the Greek City

Dr Alain Duplouy (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne)


1500 Sacred Labour: The Artist’s Share in the Greek Political Economy

Dr Caspar Meyer (Birkbeck College, London)


1600 Break - coffee and tea


1630 Greek Statues and Roman Reinventions

Dr Sascha Kansteiner


1730 Response: Dr Jas Elsner (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)

Round-table discussion and concluding comments


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