The Artists of the Ara Pacis

The Artists of the Ara Pacis

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Conlin questions the long-held assumption that the friezes' sculptors were anonymous Greek masters, directly influenced by the reliefs carved on the Parthenon. Through close analysis of the sculptures, Conlin demonstrates that the carvers of the large processional friezes were actually Italian-trained sculptors influenced by both native and Hellenic stonecarving practices. Her conclusions rest on a systematic examination of the evidence left on the marble by the sculptors themselves - the traces of tool marks, the carving of specific details, and the compositional formulas of the friezes.Like the rasp, the scraper was used as a History finishing tool to give a particular texture to the stone, rather than to ... In Rome during the first century B.C., funerary relief carvers adopted this Greek tool in order to give texture to the hair ofanbsp;...

Title:The Artists of the Ara Pacis
Author:Diane Atnally Conlin
Publisher:UNC Press Books - 1997


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