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This thesis aims to evaluate the role that ancient artifacts play when they are appropriated into new artistic settings. I focus on select artifacts of ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt and look at different artistic responses to archaeological discoveries. The material culture of these past societies survives in fragmented form. I provide historical context for the ways in which these fragments have been deployed to establish particular ways of a constructing a relationship to the past. The texts I discuss are drawn from a wide range of mediums from paint to lace to television to ceramics. My survey is limited to Europe and the United States from 1800 to present. I also include a selection of my personal objects, which mimic the artistic endeavors of the ancient world. For all of these workshops I question the ways in which art pieces relate to their antique prototype. I explore motivations as to why such a large number of reinterpretations of well-known works continue to be produced and circulated.
Berger, Joseph, "Ancient Art/Modern Frames" (2013). Senior Theses. 738.
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