Below is a course description for the class I will be teaching this summer followed by a somewhat more personal note. I will post again soon about music for the play (spoiler: if you're a musician, please bring an instrument).
This course compares the artistic practice of statue painting in classical antiquity with the reception of Greek and Roman sculpture since the Renaissance. The course begins with an introduction to ancient sculpture and painting before turning to the invention of the "white marble aesthetic" in Renaissance Italy, and continues with the consideration of how ideas about antiquity and artistic trends in the 18th, 19th, 20th, and even 21st centuries influenced contemporary conceptions of the coloration of classical sculpture. The title of the course comes from Book 35 of the Natural History, where Pliny the Elder records that the preeminent Greek sculptor Praxiteles preferred, of all his own marble statues, the ones that the famous artist Nicias had painted: so much Praxiteles valued Nicias' circumlitio. The meaning of circumlitio has been debated since the Renaissance, and our ultimate objective will be to determine how post-classical ideas about the original appearance of classical sculpture have influenced translations of the term.
I realize that ancient art history may be entirely new to many of you and I will not assume that you have prior knowledge of any of these topics. Fortunately, Magistra Gosheh is teaching an excellent course that is also about ancient (specifically Hellenistic) art so you will have plenty of exposure to the visual and material culture of the ancient world from a variety of perspectives. Also, we will go to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts at the end of the first week, where, in addition to the many wonderful exhibits, we will have the opportunity to examine a Roman marble statue of the emperor Caligula that retains traces of its original paint layer.
I am looking forward to getting to know and sharing this course with each of you over the three weeks of Latin Academy.
This blog will document the MMXVIII session of the Virginia Governor's Latin Academy. After elections are held, the aediles will be responsible for its upkeep.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice Phone: (804) 496-1589
c/o Governor's Latin Academy
P.O. Box 5005
Ashland, VA 23005
Download these and use them to help with packing:
GLA Clothing Checklist
GLA Essentials Checklist
GLA School Supplies & Optional Checklist
Again, these are not required and I would only get one from each category, if any.
a. Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency
b. Cassell's Concise Latin-English, English-Latin Dictionary
c. Collins Latin Concise Dictionary
a. Athenaze, Book I
b. From Alpha to Omega
c. Alpha is for Anthropos
d. Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary
Daily Life Books
a. Everyday Life in Ancient Rome
b. Peoples of the Roman World
c. A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome
d. Daily Life in the Roman City
You will need Roman clothing for several of our activities. You might not always have much time between these events, so you might want to bring more than one outfit.
An Overview I & II
Simple Tunica, Stola, and Palla Patterns
Legio XX's Civilian Clothing
Another Simple Dress Pattern
Simple Tunic and Toga Patterns
Legio XX's Military Clothing
Officers of the Academy