Ancient Forms, Modern Copies: The Limits of Connoisseurship
The Norton Simon Museum presents Dr. Donald Stadtner, author of Ancient Pagan and Sacred Sites of Burma.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Norton Simon Museum
411 West Colorado Blvd
(at Orange Grove Blvd.)
Pasadena, CA 91105
Museums, art historians and collectors are forever dealing with the problem of modern copies of ancient works of art. Such copies, once displayed and published as authentic, then become standards by which other objects are judged and thereby risk gravely misrepresenting the art-historical record. This illustrated lecture focuses on the complex issue of forgeries by examining workshops in India and Southeast Asia that produce artworks in “ancient styles.” Dr. Stadtner also discusses the ways in which enthusiasts and collectors of Asian art can spot modern copies.
Please arrive at 3:00 p.m. for ensured seating.
Cost: Free, with general admission.
No reservations are taken and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Lecture is FREE with general admission. General admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and FREE for members, students with ID, employees of other museums (please show business card) and everyone age 18 and under. Parking at the Museum is free. The Norton Simon Museum is open from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. For more information and to sign up for our free monthly e-newsletters, visit us online at www.nortonsimon.org.