Art history Response 2

Art history Response 2 - Elizabeth Pirinis Response # 2...

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Elizabeth Pirinis Response # 2 Just like Us Roman art represents a diversity of people including the nonelite, non-Roman and female gendered. Clarke argues that the modern viewer tends to translate Roman art incorrectly, thinking that it is meant to be interpreted in the same way art works are today. He states that what seems to be erotic to the modern viewer can convey a completely different meaning as known by an Ancient Roman viewer. Through interpretation of two works he identifies alternative meanings that they convey that are not related to sexuality and eroticism. When interpreting these works, he focuses his analysis on the details in the art works that are not sexual in nature, neglecting the necessary analysis of the explicit sexuality that is presented in the work, and uses this one sided interpretation as the basis of his argument. In the painting of The House of Caecilius Iucundus at Pompeii, a sense of eroticism is conveyed through the scene of the woman and man in a bedroom. Looking at the painting, the man and woman in question are in a bed together and are not clothed. The woman’s entire back is exposed while only a light sheet covers the front of her body.
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course ARTHIST 101 taught by Professor Unknown during the Spring '09 term at Emory.

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