For the second lecture of 2015 London Roman Art Seminar, Anna Serotta, conservator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and fellow of the American Academy at Rome, gave a talk on the use of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) in archaeology and conservation, and specifically in relation to her on-going project on Ancient Egyptian stone-working techniques and tool marks. RTI is a relatively new method of digital imaging which captures and documents an object’s surface from numerous angles using raking light. These highly accurate visual representations enable archaeologists and conservators to observe and record various details on an object’s surface and retrieve information about their material and methods of manufacture.
We have added some links to the excellent Tracking Colour project based at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. In our archive there are three source images of a female goddess from the Hadrianic Baths at Aphrodisias: PR307_03_02, PR307_03_04, PR307_03_08
The Masons Company has recently published their new website and have included a section linking to the Art of Making, which can be found here. The Worshipful Company of Masons is one of the Ancient Livery Companies of the City of London and is at the forefront of supporting the craft of stonemasonry. It was founded in the early medieval period and its members have been involved in the creation of most of the iconic stone buildings and structures in the Cities of London and Westminster.
After nearly 2 years of work, we are pleased to announce that our blogging site has been replaced by the functioning web resource. The URL remains the same – www.artofmaking.ac.uk – and we encourage you all to have a look around. We will continue to make adjustments and to add content until the end of June. At that point the project, in its current form, will be complete.