Book , Print in English

The language of the muses : the dialogue between Roman and Greek sculpture

Miranda Marvin.
  • Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, ©2008.
  • viii, 304 pages : illustrations(some colored) ; 27 cm.
  • Eisenhower D Level
    NB115.M273 2008 c. 1
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Summary
  • "Since the Renaissance it has been the general belief that almost all Roman sculptures depicting ideal figures such as gods, personifications, and figures from myth were nothing but copies of Greek originals." "Miranda Marvin treats the place of Roman sculpture both in its own culture and in the later world of European collectors and scholars. She shows how, like all Roman creative artists from architects to poets, Roman sculptors positioned themselves as heirs of the Greeks and their works as modern representatives of an ancient tradition. The scholarship that turned them into copyists came more from the need felt to recapture the lost works of great Greek artists than from a close reading of the Roman works themselves or the culture that created them."--BOOK JACKET.
Contents
  • The argument
  • The Roman identity myth
  • Those we read about and believe in
  • The ancients and the antique
  • The antique and the antiquarians
  • The antique and princely collectors
  • Reuniting the ancients and the antique: Johann Joachim Winckelmann
  • The modern copy myth
  • Active relations
  • Roman ideal sculpture.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-293) and index.
  • Eisenhower copy: Purchased with funds from the Gene Ann Snyder Endowment Fund; FY2010.
ISBN
  • 9780892368068 (hardcover)
  • 0892368063 (hardcover)
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2007026596
  • OCLC: 154308852
  • OCLC: 154308852