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​began September 2018

Sanchita Balachandran received a Masters of Arts in the History of Art and an Advanced Certificate of Conservation from the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2003. She completed post-graduate internships at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Straus Center for Conservation at the Harvard Art Museums, and participated in numerous field seasons on archaeological sites in Egypt. In 2009-2010, Balachandran was awarded a Fulbright grant for nine months of archival research in India, where she focused on the history of conservation at the Madras Government Museum. Since 2008, she has taught courses related to the technical study and analysis of ancient objects, and the history, ethics and practice of art conservation at Johns Hopkins University. She is currently Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum.

Her advisory committee members are Lauren Petersen (ARTH), Annette Giesecke (FLL), Rosie Grayburn (ARTC), David Saunders (J. Paul Getty Museum), and Keats Webb (Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute).

TOPIC: Identifying Authorship through Technology: Ancient Greek Ceramics

This research looks at ways that the production technologies of ancient Greek vases may in fact give us a clearer sense of the "authorship" of these extraordinary objects. Informed by two years of experimental archaeology making numerous replicas of Greek vases with contemporary potters, the current project considers how we may possibly reconstruct the sensory experience and knowledge of the ancient potters and painters who made these objects in antiquity, and begin to "recognize" their work through new "technical" signatures. Using the technique of reflectance transformation imaging (RTI), the project investigates the preparatory drawings still present underneath the painted images on Greek vases in an attempt to identify specific hands of artists or trace evidence of collaborations between draughtspeople, potters, and painters in the ancient workshops.

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  • The Department of Art Conservation
  • 303 Old College
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3489