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Hellenistic and Roman Ideal Sculpture: The Allure of the Classical (Paperback)
  • Hellenistic and Roman Ideal Sculpture: The Allure of the Classical (Paperback)

Hellenistic and Roman Ideal Sculpture: The Allure of the Classical (Paperback)

Paperback 223 Pages / Published: 08/09/2014
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In this book, Rachel Kousser draws on contemporary reception theory to present an approach to Hellenistic and Roman ideal sculpture. She analyzes the Romans' preference for retrospective, classicizing statuary based on Greek models as opposed to the innovative creations prized by modern scholars. Using a case study of a particular sculptural type, a forceful yet erotic image of Venus, Kousser argues that the Romans self-consciously employed such sculptures to represent their ties to the past in a rapidly evolving world. Kousser presents Hellenistic and Roman ideal sculpture as an example of a highly effective artistic tradition that was, by modern standards, extraordinarily conservative. At the same time, the Romans' flexible and opportunistic use of past forms also had important implications for the future: it constituted the origins of classicism in Western art.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107699700
Number of pages: 223
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 247 x 187 x 11 mm

'Kousser demonstrates how careful iconographic analysis of the material can be insightful and help us understand better the importance of sculpture in specific contexts.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review
'This book is an in-depth examination of a widespread visual motif in ancient art, most famously represented by the Capua Venus and the Victory of Brescia. Kousser presents many intelligent and thought-provoking interpretations of individual works.' Classical Journal Online

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