Roman Art series: Representing the Romans

Roman Art series: Representing the Romans
Think of Hadrian’s Wall and you probably call up Victorian painter William Bell Scott’s Wallington mural of a Roman building site on the English/Scottish border. While white marble statues may seem arid and unapproachable, later artists have giftwrapped Roman life into an easily-absorbed, pervasively persuasive soap-opera of human interest. Even though drawing on the art and descriptions of Rome itself, however, the historical accuracy of such representations inevitably gets coloured by later tastes, producing the “Victorians in togas” effect. From scantily-draped ladies on marble benches to sturdy soldiers, whimsical domestic incidents and surprising scenes from the home-lives of assorted emperors, this lecture will discuss how art has re-packaged the Romans.

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20th July 2022,
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