Prof. Steven Fine’s Public Lecture @ Nyack College, NYC

Last night (7-9pm) Dr. Steven Fine, Prof. of Jewish History and the Director of the Center for Israel Studies, Yeshiva University, gave a public lecture on the Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project at Nyack College, NYC (2 Washington Street, NY, NY, 10004). The commemorative Arch in Rome was built to honor the general’s decisive victory over the Jewish rebels during the First Revolt (66-70 CE).

Prof. Fine’s lecture introduced a room of Nyack students, professors, and guests to an ongoing project to digitally restore one panel of the arch which depicts a parade of Romans carrying back spoils from Jerusalem’s destroyed temple. Among the loot was the temple’s golden candelabrum and the table of shewbread. Students learned of the innovative research being done to restore color to ancient stone statues and arches. Such work has already been done with the sarcophagus of Alexander the Great and a statue of Caligula. Fine was happy to announce that during his work in Rome ultraviolet examinations of the Menorah found traces of yellow ochre.  As the project continues, Prof. Fine fully expects to find the different variations of color that originally adorned the panel in antiquity.

Colored Panel from Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great

Colored Panel from Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great

Bust of Caligula

Bust of Caligula

Accordingly, a giant 3D, full-color cast of the panel will be on exhibition at the Yeshiva University Museum in the Spring of 2014 (15 W 16th St  New York, NY 10011).

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