Redefining Verism: A Study of Roman Portraiture
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Classics Honors Theses; 2014
Roman 'veristic' portraiture is a complex art style. This thesis looks at the different origins and understandings of 'veristic' portraiture in an attempt to redefine the term 'verism.' The presence of realistic representations is examined in Egyptian, Etruscan, and Greek art in order to better understand the historical uses of individualized portraits. The Roman practice of creating familial portraits is analyzed to explain the purpose of 'veristic' representations. 'Verism' proves to be a term that encompasses both accurate, realistic forms as well as character types.
Academic Major: Classics