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Supports in Roman Marble Sculpture
Workshop Practice and Modes of Viewing


  • Date Published: February 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108418430

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  • Figural and non-figural supports are a ubiquitous feature of Roman marble sculpture; they appear in sculptures ranging in size from miniature to colossal and of all levels of quality. At odds with modern ideas about beauty, completeness, and visual congruence, these elements, especially non-figural struts, have been dismissed by scholars as mere safeguards for production and transport. However, close examination of these features reveals the tastes and expectations of those who commissioned, bought, and displayed marble sculptures throughout the Mediterranean in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Drawing on a large body of examples, Greek and Latin literary sources, and modern theories of visual culture, this study constitutes the first comprehensive investigation of non-figural supports in Roman sculpture. The book overturns previous conceptions of Roman visual values and traditions and challenges our understanding of the Roman reception of Greek art.

    • Presents the first treatment of a fundamental subject in the history of marble sculpture in the Greco-Roman world
    • Highly illustrated, including reconstruction drawings which will allow readers to visualise statues as they were originally made
    • Discusses economic aspects of the Roman marble and art trade
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    '… [a] significant and thought-provoking book …' Lucilla Burn, Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108418430
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 179 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 68 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Material and history:
    1. Narrative and individuality
    2. Supports and Greek marble sculpture
    3. The world of struts
    4. Surface and colour
    Part II. The Limits of Stone:
    5. The quest for solidity
    6. Statuesque statues
    7. Value and ingenuity
    8. Carving and tradition.

  • Author

    Anna Anguissola, Università degli Studi, Pisa
    Anna Anguissola is a Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at the Università degli Studi, Pisa and directs field projects at Pompeii and Hierapolis in Turkey. She is the author of Intimità a Pompei. Riservatezza, condivisione e prestigio negli ambienti ad alcova di Pompei (2010) and Difficillima Imitatio. Immagine e lessico delle copie tra Grecia e Roma (2012).

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