Hellenistic Sculpture: Styles of ca.100-31 B.C. v. 3 - Wisconsin Studies in Classics (Hardback)Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway (author)
Hardback Published: 30/09/2002
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This is the final volume in Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway's series of books covering the entire range of Greek sculpture, from its inception to its virtual end as it merged into the production of the Roman Imperial world. Volume III discusses sculptural works, both architectural and free-standing, from approximately 100 BC to the Battle of Actium (31 BC) that removed from power the last Hellenistic ruler. Although some monuments may belong to the years just before or just after this timespan, Ridgway's aim is to concentrate on works plausibly dated to the first century BC, even those with highly controversial chronologies. Famous sculptures - such as the Laokoon, the epic groups from the Sperlonga cave, Belvedere Torso and the bronze Boxer in the Terme Museum - are discussed together with less well-known pieces. Ridgway gives special emphasis to the finds from two shipwrecks - the Mahdia and the Antikythera wrecks - that provide a reasonable terminus "ante quem", and argues that many of the stylistic trends and decorative objects usually considered typically Roman instead have their roots in the Greek world. This last Hellenistic phase is perhaps the most interesting of the three because it documents, to a great extent, the transformation of the products of one culture into those of another with different interests and priorities. Far from being an unimaginative, inferior output driven by commercial considerations, Ridgway argues, the statuary of the first century BC is vibrant and inventive, drawing from many sources in a stylistic eclecticism.
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Weight: 1442 g
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 31 mm
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