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Since the Renaissance, it has been a generally accepted thesis that almost all Roman sculptures depicting ideal figures, such as gods, personifications, and figures from myth, were copies of Greek originals. This book traces the origin of that thesis to the academic belief in the mythical perfection of now lost Greek art, which contrasted with the reality of the imperfection of Roman works.

In a new take on long held beliefs, Johann Joachim Winckelmanns role is found to be less important than those of Giorgio Vasari and Ennio Quirino Visconti. The author argues that, contrary to the accepted wisdom of the last three hundred years, Roman sculpture had very much its own style and ideals. This synthesis of the history of the study of Roman sculpture does away with the idea that the genre of ideal works consists of mechanical copies and argues that they are, rather, creative adaptations.

The Language of the Muses: The Dialogue between Roman and Greek Sculpture

Professor Marvin makes a very welcomed case for Roman sculptors being than copyists of Greek models, but she does not deny that the Romans saw themselves as heirs of Greek ideals, and not only in sculpture, but also in literature and mythology. The Dialogue Between Roman and Greek Sculpture of the subtitle turns out to have been of a one way conversation. Marvin's call to now find who the Roman sculptors were and what they made may prove as illusive as finding who sculpted the Riace bronzes. It is the feeling of this reviewer that Roman sculpture will never quite be brought out of the shadow of Greek achievement, but who can ever say what may still lie waiting discovery! Read for college Marvin gives us a whole new perspective on Roman Sculpture. At last the Romans can be seen in light of their accomplishments rather as shadows of the Greeks. This brilliant book gives us all the evidence we need to convince us that the study of classical sculpture is entering a new realm. Now we need to re label everything in the museums no Roman copy of unknown Greek original. Read for college Provides a really good basis for understanding Roman art and how its perception has been affected by historical prejudices.
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