Fine Arts | Roman Sculpture (GR only)
A518 | 29717 | Van Voorhis


The sculpture of ancient Rome and its empire provides a vivid
picture of Roman history and life: sculpture was used by the Romans
to record historical events, to honor important citizens, to worship
the gods, to remember the dead, as well as to adorn an array of
buildings, plazas, and gardens, both public and private. This course
will explore the repertoire of Roman sculptural production,
including portraiture, historical relief, cult statues and religious
monuments, tombs and sarcophagi, marble copies of Greek works,
decorative objects for domestic display, and architectural
decoration. We will reconstruct the original appearance and display
context of major works of Roman sculpture and will address their
political and/or social implications. Other issues to be addressed
include: artists and production techniques; patronage and the market
for sculpture; and the relationship between provincial sculpture and
that from the capital city of Rome.