November 8, 2014 Lisa DeLeonardis, PhD, Austen-Stokes Professor in
Art of the Ancient Americas, Johns Hopkins University: "Color
Networks: The Use and Exchange of Paracas Post-Fire Pigments"
The Paracas, ca. 900 BC – AD 100, of south coastal Peru have long
been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the visual
arts. Color played a major role in ceramic works and was achieved by
conventional and post-fired methods. The latter produced a vibrant
color palette as seen on containers, figures, effigies, and musical
instruments. At first glance, the processes involved in post-fired
painting appear to be those common to all painters: grind the
colorants, create the paint, and stay within the (incised) lines. In
this paper, DeLeonardis demonstrated that painting relied on a
number of processes, specialists, and a far-flung exchange network.
Her analyses bear on questions about the technical qualities of
paints as well as the intrinsic value of color.
Lisa DeLeonardis is the Austen-Stokes Professor in Art of the
Ancient Americas in the Department of the History of Art at Johns
Hopkins University. She has conducted a number of projects in south
coastal Peru centering on Paracas and Nasca visual culture and
history. As a Dumbarton Oaks summer fellow, she investigated
questions about Inka occupational specialists and evaluated the
kamayuq as a construct to more broadly address the social
organization of artists and guilds in the pre-Hispanic Andes. Her
current study of value in Paracas ceramic production and process
continues this inquiry. DeLeonardis is a contributing author
to Andean Archaeology, Silverman, ed., 2004, Guide to Documentary
Sources for Andean Studies 1530-1900, Pillsbury, ed., 2008, and The
Construction of Value in the Ancient World, Papadopoulos and Urton,
eds., 2012. She is concurrently completing manuscripts on the
Paracas of Callango and the architectural and social history of
Santa Cruz de Lanchas.
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