Originally published in 2005, this book examines Roman strategies for the appropriation of the Greek visual culture and argues that the scholarship on this topic, dominated by copy criticism (Kopienkritik), has not appreciated Roman values in the visual arts. Ellen Perry analyzes the Roman aesthetics that lie at the core of the visual conservatism - and innovation - in the art of that civilization. These attitudes help to explain the preponderance of copies, exact or free, after the sculpture of great Greek masters in Roman art. A knowledge of Roman values, Perry demonstrates, explains the entire range of visual appropriation in Roman art, which includes not only the phenomenon of copying, but also such manifestations as allusion, parody, and most importantly aemulatio, successful rivalry with one's models.Read more
- Offers an alternative to the traditional scholarly approach to Roman and Greek art
- Outlines a Roman aesthetic
- Ideas are illustrated with a full art program
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- Date Published: June 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521283977
- length: 226 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.34kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: a critical time in the study of Roman artistic imitation
1. Decorum and tradition: the beginnings of a theoretical apparatus
2. Decorum and patron: the functions of art
3. The marginalization of innovation: Kopienkritik and the construct of the free copy
4. The strategy of eclecticism
5. Phantasia: the artist's vision as model.
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