"DIGITAL REPRODUCTION AND THE ARTEMIDORUS PAPYRUS"
Jaś Elsner, Oxford University
Part of the Silsila spring 2019 Lecture Series, Replication
This paper lays out the many problems of studying an important archaeological artefact whose existence is founded on the scientific interventions of conservators and restorers and whose availability to students is dependent on digital reproduction. In neither case have we any ethical, aesthetic or scientific data about what guidelines were used to create and make available the object, yet its significance for the history of ancient painting and drawing is such that it cannot be ignored.
Jaś Elsner is Professor of Late Antique Art in Oxford and Visiting Professor of Art and Religion in Chicago. He has recently been Principal Investigator of the Empires of Faith Project at the British Museum and curator of the Imagining the Divine exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum.
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