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June 30, 2021

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June 30, 2021


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The Bacchus Conservation Project is a multidisciplinary endeavor that has involved curators, conservators, classicists, art historians, geoarchaeologists, engineers, 3-D specialists, artists, and even a basketball player. The project centers on the composite Statue of Bacchus, at whose core is a rare 2nd-century Roman torso. In the 1960s experts advocated for the complete derestoration of the statue to display this rare antiquity; after the statue was partially disassembled in the 1980s, Bacchus languished in storage until the new millennium.

The Bacchus Conservation Project was initiated by the North Carolina Museum of Art in 2013 to study the Statue of Bacchus, understand how it was put together, trace its history, and complete the work begun decades before. The proposed derestoration project made an about-face based on compelling engineering, scientific, conservation, and curatorial data. Instead of a derestoration, the project became a rerestoration aimed at bringing Bacchus back to its original appearance.

The story of Bacchus and the conservation project is presented within the pages of this scholarly publication.


The Bacchus Conservation Project: The Story of a Sculpture Catalogue 

Softcover, full color
Edited by Caroline M. Rocheleau
107 pages
8 5/8 x 11 in.
ISBN: 978-0-88259-908-3

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