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Pictures of the Past

Post by Adelheid » Sat Nov 27, 2004 11:08 pm

When I was very young (well, 10 years old), I was very much impressed by a painting by Maccari, representing Cicero speeching against Catilina.

http://www.ac-nice.fr/etabs/audiberti/l ... tilina.php gives you a view of the painting I am referring to.

The painting was displayed in a book about Caesar and somehow very much influenced my vision of Romans (and also, I don't know why, made me sympathise with poor little outcast Catilina, not with Cicero). I think I also saw an echo of this representation of the senate in the movie "Spartacus"? Even now, I use this painting as a background on my laptop.

I was wondering, did any particular paintings, movies, influence YOUR vision of the (Roman) past?

Awaiting your reactions I will go and contemplate the passing of time (I am a LOT LOT older than 10 years right now).

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Post by William » Sat Nov 27, 2004 11:57 pm

Adelheid, great idea.

Is it okay that I include a Greek work, seeing you seem to be looking for Roman works? The Romans found it, so that should count for something...

I saw this piece in an art book when I was about 14, and I was mesmerized. I was terrified by it, not knowing the story. Actually, as an adult knowing the story of Laocoon, it still scares me.

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Post by Adelheid » Sun Nov 28, 2004 12:02 am

Greek examples are just fine too, that's why I posted (Roman) and not Roman. My example just happens to be Roman.

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Post by Adelheid » Sun Nov 28, 2004 12:03 am

Oh, and my example isn't even ancient, it is, as far as I know, a 20th century work.

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Post by Emma_85 » Sun Nov 28, 2004 12:08 pm

Oh, I remember that painting too, lol, it was in my Latin book. Because of this painting I kept imagining the senate to be round. What surprised me most when we visited Rome was that we took a look at the building that was supposedly the senate - and it was an oblong room! :shock: Hehehe, looked like the house of commons a bit.
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Post by Yhevhe » Sun Nov 28, 2004 3:22 pm

I could say that, rather, the paintings and art from the past, influenced my vision of the present, and the future. I was always deleited in the beauty of the aegyptian, greek, and roman art (if we could say that romans had art of their own).

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Post by Amy » Sun Nov 28, 2004 4:29 pm

I saw this in a book when I was twelve and so I always imagined it was like the Norse, sticking a giant statue on the boat prow :oops:
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Post by Timothy » Mon Nov 29, 2004 5:19 am

From Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

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This movie was a real inspiration to me.
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Post by Amy » Mon Nov 29, 2004 8:51 pm

Oh wait....I think they did actually stick it on the prow :oops: :oops:
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Post by Adelheid » Mon Nov 29, 2004 8:53 pm

Not the actual stone statue, did they?

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Post by Amy » Mon Nov 29, 2004 11:42 pm

wait, no what I said first was right - it's a statue of her on a prow, but they didn't put it on...a prow...
....:oops: :roll:
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Post by yadfothgildloc » Tue Nov 30, 2004 6:36 am

(I've been to the Vatican Museum, and I've seen the Lacoon. Stunning.)

"The Death of Socrates" by someone. Yeah, I know that's a big help. Also, the illustrations in "Ecce Romani!" were a big influence.

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Re: Pictures of the Past

Post by Eureka » Tue Nov 30, 2004 9:31 am

Adelheid wrote:I was wondering, did any particular paintings, movies, influence YOUR vision of the (Roman) past?
Asterix. :)
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Post by Adelheid » Fri Dec 03, 2004 8:05 pm

Amy, did you know that this statue was inspired by your nike?

Look here:

http://www.artdreamguide.com/adg/_arti/ ... us/507.htm


It is also depicted on the 20 eurocent coin, issued by Italy. I love this statue! I even went as far as to buy the first edition of that silly little coin, which I carry with me all the time now. "Forme uniche della continuità nello spazio". The name of the statue is a piece of art in itself ...


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Post by mingshey » Mon Dec 06, 2004 2:57 am

Looks like it just popped out of a 'Gundam'-kind of anime. :P

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