Along the Riverbank: Chinese Painting from the C.C. Wang by Maxwell K. Hearn

By Maxwell K. Hearn

An in-depth stylistic exam and designated actual research of the famed tenth-century "Riverbank, in addition to different chinese language previous grasp work.

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274). Recent exca- vations at Cartoceto, near Pesaro, have brought rather primitive style. remains of what must have been an important imperial group in gilt bronze, dating from a period prior to the Aurelian and finer in execution and finish (figs. 262, 263). It is supposed that it represents Nero and his brother Drusus III on horseback, with Livia and Agrippina. Since the excavations of Leptis Magna we know precisely the moment in time and space when Graeco-Roman sculpture began to undergo profound alteration (figs.

For St. Helena's porphyry sarcophagus (fig. 317), clearly a work of great cost, an artist was still to be found who could emulate all the classical techniques of producing three-dimensional in figures, in a deliberate "neo- Attic" style of the time of Augustus; but the three-dimensional figures fall out of context, as it were, for there is no rhythmic unity among the various personages, effort to revive the great each being treated as separate, and they float on the compositional field like astronauts in weightless state, neither action nor rhythm linking them.

To celebrate a historical event, the Greek immediately linked it with some mythical, heroic archetype, his imagination overarching history to bind some essential form and idea that would above the specific event the ; raise Roman, on man the contrary, represented the actual man, not heroes, by the recognizing only the facts, struck only actually experienced aspects of history. Rome gave us Tacitus; Greece gave us Homer. The same impulse that made the Greek artist go beyond events in the him also helped to move with ease world of formed concepts.

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