Dr Stevenson's paper will question three widely-held assumptions about Roman portraiture: first that the Romans were more interested in individualized portraiture than the Greeks; second that whereas the Greeks were interested in idealism, the Romans were interested in realism; and third that 'veristic' portraiture was invented by the Romans in an effort to achieve forensic or physical accuracy.
It seems better to think not in terms of blanket cultural preference, but in terms of choices being made from a variety of stylistic possibilities according to factors such as context (temporal and spatial), audience, form, and social significance. Some of the old dichotomies, which have dominated classical scholarship, and which often depend on accidents of survival, should be shelved in favour of an approach which interprets Roman portraiture in terms of social power, rather than aesthetic appreciation of style. (Source: UQ Art Museum Web site)
A UQ Art Museum partnership with the Antiquities Museum, School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, Faculty of Arts
NOTE: This lecture will be held in Room E215 on the ground level of the Forgan Smith building (No 1) directly opposite the UQ Art Museum.
Drinks and refreshments will be served, before the lecture, in the Art Museum foyer from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. All exhibitions will be open for viewing, including Australian portraits 1880-1960 on level 3 and the RD Milns Antiquities Museum collection on level 1.
Free. All welcome.
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