Ancient Plaster: Casting light on a forgotten sculptural material

Ancient plaster: Casting light on a forgotten sculptural material

30-31 March 2021

* FREE *

​Online via Zoom


Marble, bronze, and terracotta are all celebrated materials for sculpture in the round. However, plaster, another noteworthy material in antiquity, is understudied and often absent from the archaeological record.

This British Academy conference will explore plaster as a sculptural material in its own right, as well as addressing the use of plaster models for the production of works in other media. The event also aims to tackle the contested issue of life-casting in antiquity, assessing whether such casting was indeed used in the production of works such as the Riace Bronzes.

As well as the usual papers and panel discussions that you might expect at a conference, attendees will also be granted access to a series of pre-recorded demonstrations of plaster working and casting processes. This will provide an important practical understanding of material and technique.

Register for the conference here.

Questions? Contact the convenors: [email protected] & [email protected]