Polychrome history of art

For centuries the human form rendered in white marble has been considered the pinnacle of sculptural beauty in Western art, despite visible traces of original polychromy. Today it is widely known that this misconception is based on false perceptions. Time is due for a nuanced discussion on the perception of colour on three dimensional form, and the relationship between their materials and the surface that make up the visual expression from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and beyond. CLARA wants to contribute to the writing of a polychrome history of art and will publish revised versions of papers that were presented at a workshop in April at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo: Perceiving matter. Visual, Material and Sensual Communication from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and Beyond. The authors are art historians, classical archaeologists, conservators, medievalists, artists, technologists and digital scientists. If you are working on a related topic you are welcome to submit an abstract of 300 words to the journal's assistant editor at astriklu@student.ifikk.uio.no. Illustrations, copyright clearances, figure captions and full bibliography must be submitted together with the paper, which must be formatted according to the house style in order to be considered. The papers will form CLARA’s first special issue and the deadline is September 1st.