The Aesthetics of Emulation in the Visual Arts of Ancient Rome [Hardback]

Ellen Perry (Author)

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ISBN: 9780521831659 | Published by: Cambridge University Press | Year of Publication: 2005 | Language: English 208p, 48 b/w figs




The Aesthetics of Emulation in the Visual Arts of Ancient Rome

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In critiquing the art-historical approach known as kopienkritik, or copy criticism, as applied to Roman visual arts, where pieces are seen as copies of the works of the Greek masters, Ellen Perry advocates a more contextualised approach which sees Roman art primarily as products of their own civilisation. The presumption that we gain new understanding of Greek art through Roman `copies' is put to one side as Perry looks at the aesthetics of Roman imitation and studies Roman literary evidence voicing views on aesthetics and opinions on art. Concepts of appropriateness (decorum) , eclecticism and phantasia emerge from the textual evidence as principles by which the Romans produced their `classicising creations'.

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