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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2021 2:52 p.m. PST

"Under the influence of the Ancient Greek views of art, artists of the Renaissance saw the key to truth and beauty in the past. Renaissance artists studied the sculptures and monuments of Greece and Rome and emulated them in their own work, ie they imitated the art. This perspective of art has echoed down the centuries to influence the appearance of Western art and architecture today.

But were the Renaissance and later artists under an illusion? If those artists had looked more closely they might have found something that would have changed their vision of art and had a profound effect on their own practice…"
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian09 Jan 2021 3:08 p.m. PST

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Damion10 Jan 2021 1:19 a.m. PST

Who paints their Scythians like this:


Major Bloodnok10 Jan 2021 4:53 a.m. PST

I though the article said it was meant to be Paris, of Troy fame. The article states that the Greeks portrayed the Trojans as Persians.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2021 6:51 a.m. PST

I didn't think we were supposed to use THAT word anymore….

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2021 2:35 p.m. PST



CeruLucifus10 Jan 2021 2:40 p.m. PST

So … I'm thinking the sculptors were in high demand. They must have left the painting to assistants, or possibly specialized artists.

And note that the subjects are frequently martial figures, or otherwise statesmen, heroes, gods, goddesses depicting equally well known narratives, which were transmitted through participatory oral recounting, and also recreated in plays.

Got that? There is a historical profession of painters of military and roleplaying sculptures. These ancients worked in 1:1 scale, or bigger. In our era we carry on the same work but have downsized the subjects in order to work indoors. Hence we say miniatures and models not sculptures.

But our insular little hobby is a noble tradition going back thousands of years!

Major Bloodnok10 Jan 2021 5:04 p.m. PST

Yer, but who would have thought that the Trojans or if you prefer, the unmentionables, wore yoga pants.

JJartist11 Jan 2021 10:51 a.m. PST

The traces of the paint are reconstructable- from Egypt to Assyria to Persia to Greece Macedonia and Rome- statues and friezes were painted.



Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2021 11:33 a.m. PST



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