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Ancient Persepolis in Blue: New Research on Colors, Gilding, Painters & Monuments in the Achaemenid Persian Empire

Sunday, Jun 02, 2013
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Speaker: Alexander Nagel, assistant curator, Ancient Near Eastern Art, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington, DC
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning

Much of what is known of ancient Persia’s history has been informed by studies of the magnificent site of Persepolis, the capital of the Achaemenid Persian Empire from the 6th to the 4th centuries BC. As UNESCO world cultural heritage sites since 1979, these well-preserved ruins in southwestern Iran constitute the most important examples of Achaemenid dynastic architecture in Iran. Although it has long been known that these monuments and reliefs were painted, Alexander Nagel shows what new research in the fascinating field of polychromy has revealed about the role of color in the ancient world.

A reception follows. Questions about the content of this program? E-mail

Your ticket is free with general admission. Secure your seat in advance! Order online using your own printer; call 713.639.7771; or visit any admissions desk at the MFAH.

Education programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; Michael C. Linn in memory of his mother Patricia G. Linn; the National Museum of Korea; Mrs. Evelyn Houstoun Chew; The Hamill Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Boeing Company; An Anonymous Donor; Mr. William J. Hill; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.