Hellenistic Sculpture: The styles of ca. 100-31 B.C

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2002 - Art - 312 pages
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This is the final volume in Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway's series of books covering the entire range of Greek sculpture, from its inception to its virtual end as it merged into the production of the Roman Imperial world. Volume III discusses sculptural works, both architectural and free-standing, from approximately 100 B.C. to the Battle of Actium (31 B.C.), which removed from power the last Hellenistic ruler. Although some monuments may belong to the years just before or just after this timespan, Ridgway's aim is to concentrate on works plausibly dated to the first century B.C., even those with highly controversial chronologies.Famous sculptures葉he Laokoon, the epic groups from the Sperlonga cave, the Belvedere Torso, the bronze Boxer in the Terme Museum, and many others預re discussed together with less well known pieces. Ridgway gives special emphasis to the finds from two shipwrecks葉he Mahdia and the Antikythera wrecks葉hat provide a reasonable terminus ante quem, and argues that many of the stylistic trends and decorative objects usually considered typically Roman instead have their roots in the Greek world. This last Hellenistic phase is perhaps the most interesting of the three because it documents, to a great extent, the transformation of the products of one culture into those of another with different interests and priorities. Far from being an unimaginative, inferior output driven by commercial considerations, the statuary of the first century B.C. is vibrant and inventive, drawing from many sources in a stylistic eclecticism.
  

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Contents

The Last Century
3
Architectural Sculpture
19
Epic Subjects Originals and Copies
68
Additional Sculptures in Hellenistic Style
114
Sculpture in the Round
142
Sculpture in the Round
186
Funerary Votive and Decorative NeoAttic
216
Some Final Remarks
262
List of Monuments
279
Credits for Plates
303
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Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway is Rhys Carpenter Professor Emerita of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College. An authority on Greek sculpture, she has written many books on the subject, including Hellenistic Sculpture I: The Styles of ca. 331200 B.C., Hellenistic Sculpture II: The Styles of ca. 200100 B.C., and Fourth-Century Styles in Greek Sculpture, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press. She is the recipient of the Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement from the Archaeological Institute of America.

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