Roman Sculpture - Image and Identity
The phrase "Roman Sculpture" can conjure images of austere white marble monuments erected by an ancient empire. Yet Roman sculptures were actually brightly painted artworks erected by people from a wide variety of walks of life across the geographical breadth of the Roman world. Focused on the collections of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, this course gives students hands-on experience with looking closely at ancient artworks in the galleries and from storage as a way in to thinking about the broad uses made of this medium in the ancient world. We consider works ranging from politicians' portraits to bakers' tombs and from fantastic idealised figures to marginal motifs. Throughout we will employ a wide definition of sculpture that includes not only works in bronze and marble but also coins and gems to trace the ancient exploration of the possibilities inherent in plastic art.
Textbooks/Other Materials: All readings will be posted on Canvas or available on course reserve
Intended Audience: Graduate students
Estimated Cost of Materials: $0
Keywords: Race, Gender, Museum, Beauty, Money, Army
Meets with HISTART 426.001 and CLARCH 626.001