Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. The Nicholson Museum, The University of Sydney. The Red Figure Pottery of Apulia. Fasc. 1
Alexander Cambitoglou and Michael Turner
Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens
Established in 1919, The Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum (CVA) series brings together the known holdings of Greek and Italian pottery held in museums and private collections around the world into a standard format. There are now nearly 350 volumes from 26 countries in the series.
This is the first CVA to be written on an Australian collection. It focuses on the Nicholson Museum's collection of South Italian pottery from Apulia. The first pieces, comprising 28 complete pots were acquired by the museum's founder Sir Charles Nicholson and given to the University in 1860. Since then the South Italian collection has grown through gifts and purchases and now numbers over 250 items.
"This CVA breaks ground on two fronts. First, all of the eighty-six vases and fragments are reproduced in color. The use of color plates is especially appropriate for Apulian vases which depend to a great extent on added color for their overall effect. All the vases and sherds were photographed under the same lighting conditions so one can compare clay color from one vase to the next. A considerable number of the plates are generously given over to one side of a single vase, and side views are provided as well as front and back. Second, a CD of digital images is included for the first time in a CVA; this allows one to read the text and study the images without having to flip back to the plates which are bound into the volume. In preparation for this volume old restorations were removed, and the Tarantine rhyton was taken apart, demonstrating that it was an amalgam of various different pots."
From Jennifer Neils in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2010.09.38Hardcover, 96 pp, 105 colour pls, 9 figs (profile drawings), CD-Rom
About the authors
Professor Cambitoglou is Director of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens and former Honorary Curator of the Nicholson Museum.
Michael Turner is the current Senior Curator of the Nicholson Museum.