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Roman sculpture in the Art Museum, Princeton University
Princeton University. Art Museum.
Publication Information:
Princeton, N.J. : Art Museum, Princeton University, [2001]

Physical Description:
426 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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NB115 .P75 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Fully illustrated, with over four hundred specially commissioned photographs, including twelve color plates, this book joins its companion volume, Greek Sculpture in The Art Museum, Princeton University , to offer one of the most comprehensive scholarly publications of any collection of classical sculpture in the United States. Edited by J. Michael Padgett, Associate Curator of Ancient Art, the catalogue is a collaborative project with entries on 163 sculptures by sixteen authors, including Hugo Meyer, Michaela Fuchs, Michal Gawlikowski, Robert Wenning, Christopher Moss, and John Pollini.

Each entry features a full description and analysis, with updated bibliography, accompanied by multiple views of the object. Among the works catalogued are some of the finest Roman sculptures in America: marble portraits of the emperors Augustus and Marcus Aurelius; two rare bronze heads of women from the reigns of the emperors Trajan and Hadrian; a statue of the wine god Dionysos draped with a panther skin; a relief of the god Silvanus holding the viscera of a sacrificial animal; and sarcophagi with reliefs of the infancy of Dionysos and Herakles battling the centaurs. Never exhibited and seldom seen by scholars, eighty-five pieces from the Princeton excavations at Antioch are here fully catalogued for the first time. Useful concordances and a comprehensive index complete a catalogue that will be a valuable addition to the collection of every university library and the bookshelf of every student of ancient Rome.

Author Notes

J. Michael Padgett is Associate Curator of Ancient Art at The Art Museum, Princeton University.

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Choice Review

This work is a magnificent catalog of Roman sculpture (marble, other stones, and bronze) in the Princeton University Art Museum. Contributors include a number of scholars who specialize in the field of ancient sculpture. Each entry focuses on an individual work of art and provides basic information about the piece: material, condition, dimensions, provenance (when known), date of acquisition, description, stylistic evaluation, and suggested date. The entries are well written and well documented both in footnotes and with a bibliography. Each entry is accompanied by exceptionally high quality black-and-white photos, with some pieces also illustrated with excellent color photos. This exemplary catalog is a tribute to the editorial skills of Padgett, who is also one of the contributors. A must for college and university libraries, scholars, students both at the undergraduate and graduate levels specializing in ancient art, and any lover of the fine arts, professional and otherwise. J. Pollini University of Southern California

Table of Contents

Robert G. A. Weir
Color Platesp. vii
Forewordp. xix
Notes on the Use of the Catalogp. xxiii
Abbreviationsp. xxvii
Map of the Roman Empirep. xxviii
Portraitsp. 2
Deities, Ideal Types, Animalsp. 84
Sarcophagip. 140
Sculpture From Antioch Map of Roman Syriap. 172
Map of Ancient Antiochp. 173
Antioch-on-the-Orontes, Tina Najbjergp. 174
Grave Stelai From Antioch Antiochene Grave Stelai in Princetonp. 274
Hauranite Sculpture
Hauranite Sculpture, Robert Wenningp. 312
Palm Sculpturep. 350
Etruscan Sculpturep. 366
Addendum: Greek Sculpturep. 374
Concordance of Accession Numbers to Catalogue Numbersp. 385
Concordance of Antioch Sculpturep. 388
Bibliography of Works Citedp. 391
Indexp. 418