Fine Arts | Roman Sculpture
A417 | 2061 | Van Voorhis
Above section for UG only. GR register FINA A518.
The sculpture of 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, copies of Greek
works, decorative objects for domestic display, and architectural
decoration. We will reconstruct the original appearance and display
contexts of major works of Roman sculpture and will address their
political and/or social implications. Other issues to be explored 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.
Prerequisites for A417 section 2061 (UG): A206/C206, A312
(Augustus-Constantine) or A316 (Alexander-Augustus).