The Aesthetics of Emulation in the Visual Arts of Ancient Rome by Ellen PerryThe Aesthetics of Emulation in the Visual Arts of Ancient Rome by Ellen Perry

The Aesthetics of Emulation in the Visual Arts of Ancient Rome

byEllen Perry

Paperback | June 16, 2011

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Arguing that the scholarship on this topic has not appreciated Roman values in the visual arts, this book examines Roman strategies for the appropriation of the Greek visual culture. A knowledge of Roman values explains the entire range of visual appropriation in Roman art, which includes not only the phenomenon of copying, but also such manifestations as allusion, parody, and, most importantly, aemulatio, successful rivalry with one's models.
Title:The Aesthetics of Emulation in the Visual Arts of Ancient RomeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:226 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:June 16, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521283973

ISBN - 13:9780521283977

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Table of Contents

Introduction: a critical time in the study of Roman artistic imitation; 1. Decorum and tradition: the beginnings of a theoretical apparatus; 2. Decorum and patron: the functions of art; 3. The marginalization of innovation: Kopienkritik and the construct of the free copy; 4. The strategy of eclecticism; 5. Phantasia: the artist's vision as model.

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"Perry's book offers an extensive critique of previous scholarship and a thoroughgoing investigation of the implications of more modern approaches. In so doing, Perry's book challenges art historians on both sides of the issue to re-examine their beliefs, and it should stimulate further, more nuanced consideration of this important topic." CAA Review Rachel Kousser