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Roman Art - Between Greek Legacy and Own Tradition

 

In almost all areas, Roman culture fed on Greek sources. This was true not only for literature, natural science and philosophy, but also for fine arts. The Romans valued in particular the works of Classical Greece as authoritative archetypes for their own artistic work. In doing so, they made a significant contribution to the preservation of these works. For the originals, which in most cases were made of bronze, have generally gone missing, so that only the Roman copies are left to give us an idea of what they used to look like. We owe therefore our knowledge of Classical Greek sculpture for the most part to the work of Roman copists.

Nevertheless, the Romans also produced their own independent accomplishments in the artistic field. Portrait art in particular is an area in which Roman sculpture exceled - inspired by Greek examples.

The predilection for portraits was strongly nurtured by the ancestor veneration of the Romans: images of the ancestors were kept in special shrines in the house in the form of wax or clay masks. These masks are probably the root of the development of Roman portrait art. By the 1st century BC at the latest, it was customary amongst the rich and influential citizens to have marble effigies made of oneself. High-ranking politicians and above all the emperor used these portraits, of course, primarily for propaganda purposes.

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