Language of the Muses: The Dialogue between Roman and Greek Sculpture

Language of the Muses: The Dialogue between Roman and Greek Sculpture

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by Miranda Marvin
     
 

Since the Renaissance, it has been a generally accepted thesis that almost all Roman sculptures depicting ideal figures, such as gods, personifications, and figures from myth, were copies of Greek originals. This book traces the origin of that thesis to the academic belief in the mythical perfection of now-lost Greek art, which contrasted with the reality of the

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Since the Renaissance, it has been a generally accepted thesis that almost all Roman sculptures depicting ideal figures, such as gods, personifications, and figures from myth, were copies of Greek originals. This book traces the origin of that thesis to the academic belief in the mythical perfection of now-lost Greek art, which contrasted with the reality of the "imperfection" of Roman works.
In a new take on long-held beliefs, Johann Joachim Winckelmann's role is found to be less important than those of Giorgio Vasari and Ennio Quirino Visconti. The author argues that, contrary to the accepted wisdom of the last three hundred years, Roman sculpture had very much its own style and ideals. This synthesis of the history of the study of Roman sculpture does away with the idea that the genre of ideal works consists of mechanical copies and argues that they are, rather, creative adaptations.

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“Its excellence for the scholar is only tempered by a genuine and unavoidable envy at the Getty’s quite superb level of production.”—Bryn Mawr Classical Review

“Recommended.”—Choice

“The combination of meticulous endnotes with so many full-colour illustrations means that the book will appeal not only to scholars, but also to students.”—Journal of Roman Studies

“The book is beautifully produced, carefully organized, and richly detailed.”—Minerva 

Finalist/Honorable Mention in the Art & Art History category in the 2008 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE), awarded by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892368068
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
02/25/2008
Series:
Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty
Edition description:
1
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.90(d)

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Professor Miranda Marvin teaches ancient art and classics at Wellesley College.

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