Sunday, April 3, 2022

Open Access Journal: CLARA Classical Art and Archaeology

[First posted in AWOL 30 March 2018, updated 3 April 2022]

CLARA Classical Art and Archaeology
ISSN: 2464-3726
So-called muse, from the Ustinow Collection, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo. Copyrighted material.
CLARA is an open access journal hosted by the Museum of Cultural History at the University of Oslo and administered by an international Editorial Board. The main objective is to annually publish papers of a high academic quality within the field of Classical Art and Archaeology and to make them accessible to a wide scholarly public.

    CLARA Special issue no 2: The Classical in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture
    Vol. 8 (2021)

    This special issue of CLARA titled ‘The Classical in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture’ focuses on the impact of Greco-Roman antiquity on present day art and culture. Over the last few decades, antique statues have been revived again and again, turning up in new guises in contemporary art from all over the globe. In addition to new works based on specific ancient statues, some artists create art that references the past in a more general way. Other artists question the divide between past and present raising the possibility of ‘multi-temporality’, a phenomenon that will be explored in connection with recent exhibitions. Another aspect of the interaction of antiquity and the contemporary world is the association between luxury brands and antique monuments, fashion brands taking on the role of patrons, paying large sums for the restoration of Roman landmarks. By studying various types of exchanges between the classical and the contemporary, the papers aim to throw light on why artists and designers continue to draw inspiration from ancient art; in short, why antiquity continues to fascinate.


    • CLARA Special issue: Perceiving Matter. Visual, Material and Sensual Communication from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and Beyond
      Vol. 5 (2020)

      The twenty-first century has witnessed a growing interest in antique and medieval polychromy. By now it is generally acknowledged that colour is an integral part of their sculpture. In the present special issue of CLARA, scholars from various disciplines explore different aspects of sculptural polychromy in marble, glass, stucco, wood and terracotta – from Antiquity to the Renaissance: The multisensory perception of colour, the interplay of colour and texture, the treatment of sculpted surfaces, the importance of gilding and polishes, and the challenges when reconstructing lost polychromy. Combining empirical and theoretical data, the special issue includes hitherto unpublished colour reconstructions and scientific details.

      Photo: Female head. Parian marble. Found in Athens, in the Odeion of Herodes Atticus. It comes from an acrolithic statue of a goddess. The inlaid eyes were made of ivory, the irises were made of dark stone and the eyelashes of metal. The hair was painted in red colour. Copy of an original work of the 5th or 4th century BC. 2nd century AD. ​

      This collection of articles is the result of a seminar with the title Perceiving Matter: Visual, Material and Sensual Communication from Antiquity to the –Middle Ages and Beyond, held April 5th 2019 at the Museum of Cultural History (MCH), University of Oslo. The seminar was arranged by Marina Prusac-Lindhagen and Kaja Kollandsrud and established the research group ‘Polychrome Art History’

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