Digital Futures, Archaeological Pasts

Photo illustration of the 3D scanning of a Red-figure skyphos
Etruria (Italy), ca. 340–300 BCE, polychromed terracotta
Peabody College Collection, 1979.643P

In spring 2018, nine students in the History of Art seminar, “Exhibiting Historical Art: Digital Approaches to Ancient Greek Ceramics,” studied a selection of ancient Mediterranean antiquities in the collection of the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, and curated this exhibition. The objects range in date from the 6th century BCE to the 1st century CE and include Greek and Etruscan vases, a Greek coin, and a Greco-Roman marble sculptural head. In addition to exploring each object’s historical context and significance, the students learned photogrammetry, a process for generating digital models of 3D objects through photography. By creating and printing these digital 3D models, students sought insight into how new, digital approaches might facilitate research into, and engagement with, ancient material and visual culture.

Digital Futures, Archaeological Pasts is the fifth student-curated exhibition to result from a partnership between the Department of History of Art and the Fine Arts Gallery, this time led by Dr. Veronica Ikeshoji-Orlati, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow for Data Curation. The exhibition is curated by Aleah Davis ‘21, Joseph Eilbert ‘19, Brant Feick ‘18, Lindsay Fraser ‘19, Kinsley Ray ‘21, Gabrielle Rodriguez ‘21, Heaven Russell ‘21, Kalen Scott ‘21, and Sarah Taylor ’18, and supported, in part, by the Department of History of Art.


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