Why did the Romans copy the Greeks?
- Why did the Romans copy the Greeks?
- What is the posture of the hips and ancient Greek statues called?
- Who are Proteus and Pygmalion?
- Who came?
- What is the difference between Greek sculpture and Roman scultura?
- What are the originals of Greek statuary?
- What is the origin of Roman statues?
- What is the difference between Roman sculpture and Etruscan art?
Many others followed, sent in whole ships. The rich Romans decorated their villas with it. Unable to acquire originals, they procured copiesattracting artisans to the urbs (city) greeks guaranteed to be overwhelmed by orders.
This pose is called “contrapposto”. – The position of the arms: they are detached from the body, outline a gesture or carry an object.
The myth. Pygmalion is a sculptor from Cyprus descended from Athena and Hephaestus. Revolted against marriage because of the reprehensible conduct of the Propetids (women of Cyprus), he vowed to celibacy. However, he falls in love with an ivory statue, the work of his chisel.
Venus is the goddess of love, seduction, feminine beauty in Roman mythology. She was quite early assimilated to the Greek goddess Aphrodite.
By taking up the forms and know-how of Greek sculpture, Roman sculpture differs from it in many aspects. Moreover, the mores of the Roman Republic equate nudity depicted in Greek sculpture as dishonorable impudicitia,…
Relatively few Greek originals remain, most are fragmentary, and many bronzes have disappeared. It is thanks to Roman copies that we know Greek statuary better, because the Romans were largely inspired by Greek models which they imitated and reinterpreted.
It is especially Greece of the classical period (499-336 BC) that had a great influence on Roman statues, for the styles, techniques and materials used.
Roman sculpture, like Etruscan art, was largely inspired by models of Greek sculpture. It is thanks to Roman copies that we know of many Greek originals that have now disappeared (for example the Venus of Arles, which would be a copy of a lost work by the great Greek sculptor Praxiteles).