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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Getty Publications (15 Dec. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606061011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606061015
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Zanker, one of the foremost ancient Roman art historians, has produced an excellent general study of Roman art and its reception. . . . This book would be ideal for students at all levels interested in Roman art, history, and culture." "Choice""

"Zanker, one of the foremost ancient Roman art historians, has produced an excellent general study of Roman art and its reception. . . . This book would be ideal for students at all levels interested in Roman art, history, and culture." Choice

" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Paul Zanker is Professor of the History of Ancient Art at the Scuole Normale Superiore in Pisa.

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I didn't by this book for myself but was told by the receiver it was very interesting.Seemed to do the job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR STUDENTS OF ROMAN ART 25 Jan. 2015
By Critical Mass - Published on Amazon.com
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Profusely illustrated with both color and b&w photographs, this is one of the very best books on Roman art that I have ever read. Divided into 7 chapters, each of which is like a separate in depth essay dealing with a particular aspect of Roman art, Zanker writes in clear understandable prose with an emphasis on imagery and appearances. The first chapter in particular ("A New Art Based on Greek Forms") sets the tone for the entire book. Zanker's analysis of the relationship between Roman art and culture and Greek art and culture is the one of the most incisive discussions of this subject yet to be presented. The how and the why of the origins and evolution of Roman art are clearly put forward. As a bonus, one also gains a greater understanding of the Hellenistic period and its art. Chapter 2 - "The Representation of Power and Prestige: Conflicting Images" - continues Zanker's discussion of the relationship between Hellenistic culture and Republican and early Imperial Rome. His conclusion is that "[t]ogether with the Age of Augustus, it was the most creative period of Roman art (150 B.C.-A.D. 14)". While some might disagree, there is no denying what was accomplished during this time period: Architectural advancements for both the city of Rome and its empire were enormous. The Rome that we think of was born during the reign of the Emperor Augustus. Public art and the final absorption of Classical Greek images into the vocabulary of Roman art flourished at this time along with the "realistic" Republican portrait which emphasized a person's physiognomy and individual uniqueness. Chapter 3 - "Imagages of Power and World Order in the Empire" - further develops several of the themes disussed in the previous chapter. In addition, there are key discussions of "historical reliefs", "Imperial imagery", and "Official Art as 'Propaganda'". I don't completely agree with Zanker's iconographic conclusions pertaining to the Augustus from Prima Porta and regret his failure to commit to a specific date for the creation of this most notable and controversial work of sculpture. The remaining chapters include: "The Roman House as Theater of the Joys of Life" (4), containing beautiful color photographs of domestic paintings and a variety of vessels; "Tomb and Self-Image" (5) - highlighted by b&w photos of the tomb of Eurysaces the baker; "Rome and the Empire" (6) which contains a broad discussion of the various types and styles of art that permeated the Empire. A section on "The Ruler-Cult and the Image of the Emperor" is especially important; "Toward Late Antiquity" (7) succinctly focuses on the changing image of the Roman Emperor from Antoninus Pius (138-161AD) to Constantine (ca. 312AD).

The Bibliography is somewhat skimpy (as is the Index) and omits some key references to Brendel, Brilliant, Elsner, Hanfmann, Kahler, L'Orange, Strong, and Toynbee. But I won't quibble.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 5 May 2016
By Juan Carlos Verme - Published on Amazon.com
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Beatiful pictures, a lot of information, covers roman art since the hellenistic period until late antiquity and includes a chapter about the importance of the images for imperial "propaganda"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Jan. 2015
By Pootie - Published on Amazon.com
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Exactly what was described. Came in time before school started.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book. 21 Sept. 2016
By John S - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was very informative. The pictures were beautiful. Front to back a good book I recommend this.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction in theme 27 Nov. 2012
By Aleksandr Zelenkov - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book with very interesting text and pictures. Good introduction in theme. All photos are good quality, but not all photos are coloured.
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