Ancient Rome: Portraits & Sculpture with Vannella Carrelli Palombi - Context Travel

Ancient Rome: Portraits & Sculpture with Vannella Carrelli Palombi

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This conversation will analyze and discuss the many faces that we can find in historical sources and artworks of former Roman emperors or illustrious citizens. We'll dive into the collection at the National Roman Museum to discover great personalities and trace fascinating historical narratives. We'll address various time periods as we explore this intriguing subject.

Although Etruscan-Italic tradition pushed to realistic representation, Greek models of idealized beauty from the fifth century B.C .such as divinities and athletes statues, influenced the official portraits and the monumental statues at any time. In peaceful periods, like Augustus and Hadrian times, artists adopted a variety of styles, choosing them in reference to their natural or architectural context. In the decadence period, i.e. from the third century, when Rome starts to lose her centrality in the roman empire, faces become inexpressive, icon-like, and gradually oversize to still express power but no more personality.

Led by art historian Vannella Carrelli Palombi, expert among other subjects in roman ancient and modern sculpture, this interactive seminar will let us appreciate the sense of beauty Rome absorbed from all people and cultures facing the Mediterranean. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased sense of unity in the variety of identities.

Vannella earned her Master's in art history from the Sapienza University of Rome, with a special focus on teaching. She is an accomplished lecturer and teacher, and has been organizing on-site learning and tours in Rome for nearly thirty years. Vannella is an official guide for the Vatican Museums and has worked in such Roman museums as the Borghese Gallery, Castel S. Angelo, Galleria Colonna, and Galleria Doria Pamphili.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.