Etruscan and Roman Art
Available in 2013
Previously offered in 2006
Aims to give an introduction to the sculpture, painting, pottery, architecture, minor arts and mosaic of the Etruscans and Romans. The period covered will range from the early Italian Villanovan culture, or pre-Etruscan civilisation (ca. 1000 B.C.) to the Roman Empire of about 200 AD. Broad topic themes include the importance of funerary art, the influence of Greek art, the rise of personal portraiture, patronage and the consumer, the problem of originality as opposed to copies, and the use of art in private and state propaganda.
|Objectives||As a result of participating in this course, students will demonstrate:
1. An understanding and appreciation of Etruscan and Roman art as a rich physical expression of values, aesthetics, religious beliefs and (sometimes) political attitudes of these cultures.
2. An appreciation of the visual and the importance of observation and detail, as well as an understanding of the major art-historical developments; i.e. being able to recognise and understand the differences between objects from different periods in Greco-Roman history; for instance, why a piece of Archaic statuary or vase is different from something Classical.
3. An appreciation of the social and historical context of Etruscan and Roman art and thereby linkages with past and subsequent literary, historical and social environments of Greece and Italy.
4. The ability to offer a critical analysis of both ancient and modern texts which discuss art and its role.
5. Development of oral and written expression capable of conveying the understanding and the analyses referred to in 1 - 4.
|Content||Introduction to the Etruscans; country, sites, ethnic origins, language, cultural influences. Etruscan archaeology - past and present.
The Villanovan culture.
Etruscan canopic urns and funerary sculpture
Etruscan sculpture in stone, bronze and terracotta.
Tomb painting; the afterlife and the Eternal Banquet
Etruscan pottery, bronze utensils, jewellery and minor arts; the importance of women as consumers.
Etruscan architecture. Introduction to Roman art, private and state.
The Greek antecedents of Roman art; the problem of copies and Roman originality.
Verism and Roman Republican sculpture
Augustan art and architecture
Roman painting and mosaic
|Assumed Knowledge||20 units at any level in Ancient History or History or Fine Art|
|Modes of Delivery||Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|
|Timetables||2013 Course Timetables for AHIS3540|