ah 8

ah 8 - Cornelia Winter AH 102 Assignment 8 Question Perhaps...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Cornelia Winter AH 102 Assignment 8 3/26/08 Question: Perhaps the most significant piece of art or architecture commission by any ruler is the monument designed to commemorate the life and death of one’s self. A funerary column or Mausoleum is the ideal place for a ruler to show off his own great accomplishments and those of his family. Rulers often incorporated past and future emperors in their own monument to strengthen the concept of their imperial bloodline and lineage. How did Roman Rulers, beginning with Augustus and continued by his successors up thru Antoninus Pius and Marcus Arelius, use funerary art and themes such as apotheosis to reaffirm the legitimacy of their own reign and that of their heirs? And how did later examples commission by Antoninus and Marcus Arelius deviate from the earlier works of Augustus and others? Antonine Columns ; The Art of Succession One of the most important branches in Roman imperial art is that of funerary art. This is mainly because of its potential to be a powerful political tool, and the sheer volume of this type of monument commissioned. Funerary art and monuments, as suggested by some art historians, often played an important role in “securing the smooth succession from one emperor to the next.” 1 This argument, by P.J.E. Davies from Death and he Emperor: Roman Imperial Funerary Monument from Augustus to Marcus Aurelius, focuses on the tradition of emperors using funerary, along with themes such as
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course AH 102 taught by Professor Jones during the Spring '08 term at GWU.

Page1 / 3

ah 8 - Cornelia Winter AH 102 Assignment 8 Question Perhaps...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online