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The Aesthetics of Emulation in the Visual Arts of Ancient Rome - Ellen Perry

The Aesthetics of Emulation in the Visual Arts of Ancient Rome

Hardcover Published: 14th September 2012
ISBN: 9780521831659
Number Of Pages: 208

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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.

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"Perry's book offers an extensive critique of previous scholarship and a thoroughgoing investigation of the implications of more modern approaches. In so doing, Perry's book challenges art historians on both sides of the issue to re-examine their beliefs, and it should stimulate further, more nuanced consideration of this important topic." CAA Review Rachel Kousser

Introduction: a critical time in the study of Roman artistic imitation
Decorum and tradition: the beginnings of a theoretical apparatus
Decorum and patron: the functions of art
The marginalization of innovation: Kopienkritik and the construct of the free copy
The strategy of eclecticism
Phantasia: the artist's vision as model
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ISBN: 9780521831659
ISBN-10: 0521831652
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 14th September 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 16.05  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.43