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Roman Sculpture in The Art Museum, Princeton University
Edited by J. Michael Padgett

Paperback | 2001 | $78.50 / £55.00 | ISBN: 9780943012346
400 pp. | 8 1/2 x 11 | 12 color plates, 394 duotones
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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.

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"This work is a magnificent catalog of Roman sculpture in the Princeton University Art Museum. . . . 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."--Choice

"This handsome and competitively priced catalog sets a new standard for the 21st century. It combines a thorough and well-researched text and an extensive bibliography and footnotes. . . . [A] near perfect museum catalog."--BMCR

Table of Contents:

Color Plates vii
Foreword xix
Notes on the Use of the Catalog xxiii
Abbreviations xxvii
Map of the Roman Empire xxviii
PORTRAITS 2
DEITIES, IDEAL TYPES, ANIMALS 84
SARCOPHAGI 140
SCULPTURE FROM ANTIOCH
Map of Roman Syria 172
Map of Ancient Antioch 173
Antioch-on-the-Orontes, Tina Najbjerg 174
GRAVE STELAI FROM ANTIOCH
Antiochene Grave Stelai in Princeton, Robert G. A. Weir 274
HAURANITE SCULPTURE
Hauranite Sculpture, Robert Wenning 312
PALM SCULPTURE 350
ETRUSCAN SCULPTURE 366
ADDENDUM: GREEK SCULPTURE 374
Concordance of Accession Numbers to Catalogue Numbers 385
Concordance of Antioch Sculpture 388
Bibliography of Works Cited 391
Index 418

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