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The problem of authorship in roman artistic culture : originality and imitation


KeywordsTriple Keywords
Subject (Philosophy)
Creative ability in art
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Creative ability in literature
Concept formation
Art, Roman
Roman art
Western art (Western countries)
Arts, Fine
Fine arts
Art, Visual
Arts, Visual
Occidental art
Visual arts
Art, Occidental
Art, Western (Western countries)
Objects, Art
Art objects
Objets d'art
Standard of value
Pictorial representations
Masterpiece, Artistic
Artistic masterpiece
Social structure
Social organization
Organization, Social
Language and languages
Foreign languages


The topic of my research has been to deconstruct the authorship as expression of a unique subject within the artistic creation. act, in order to understand the different elements composing an art-work in the elaborated Roman visual culture. I tried to investigate how the modern concept of author has influenced the analysis of Roman art and I have offered new paradigms useful for dealing with the investigation of some components of the Roman artistic culture. Now it's widely recognized that the aesthetic paradigms that consider the art-work separated from contexts (whether cultural or physics) can't thoroughly read Rome's artistic production. For that reason, redefining the authorial contents and introducing in the artistic vocabulary words such as emulation and reproduction, allows to analyze the who le artistic culture under a different interpretative point of view. Indeed the preponderance of the author in the creative process has influenced the modem study of the ancient works of art: an author has argued and verified the idea that any art-work has only a style, a period, and a unique culture. If we go beyond this reasoning, we can understand that the production of certain artistic categories, above all in Roman cultural world, is the result of a mix of formals features and cultural models that can't be isolated within a style, a period or geographical borders. As a consequence, my work tried to propose new contents and theories more suitable for the understanding of the Ancient cultural processes. Thus I have analyzed a specific sculptural group (the honorary nude-portraits), which generally isn't particularly appealing as work of art, in order to understand its cultural and social value, turning away from a purely aesthetic assessment.

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