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Faces lost and gained. Recutting portraits in late antique Rome

Marina Prusac-Lindhagen (Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo)

This paper will discuss examples of remade portraits dating to a critical period in the history of Roman sculpture. In the third century, there was a surge in the remaking of portraits. Earlier, the removal of the original individual features of an image was usually connected with memory sanctions, but in late antiquity, few portraits seem to have been made of previously unused marble. There were practical reasons for this, but a radical change in the perspective on the power of images can also be sought in the surviving examples.

Marina Prusac-Lindhagen is Associate Professor and Chief Curator of the Antiquity and Egypt Collection at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo. Roman portraiture is her main area of research. She has also published on other topics ranging from Roman Dalmatia to emotions in ancient art. At present, she is working on a volume titled Faces Lost and Gained. The Remaking and Significance of Portraits in Late Antiquity.

May 12, 2021 06:00 PM in Rome

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