The sculpture of the Roman age, produced in Athens, develops in continuity with the traditional craft of the previous periods. A preliminary exam of the preserved documentation shows us that the productive activity of the Athenian workshops grows more intense along with the phases of greater monumental development, individualized in the age of Augustus, of Hadrian and of the Antonines. As to other periods, on the contrary, reconstruction appears to be more problematic, either because of lack of preserved archaeological evidence, or of a shallow study of the researches carried out so far. It is on the latter ones that this contribution wants to focus its attention. Concerning the first century B.C., the artistic production in Athens between the conquest of Sulla (86 B.C.) and the age of Augustus seems to be of difficult reading. An integrate exam of the available data tells us that although with a slight downturn, the activity of the Athenian workshops does not stop; the preserved portraits as well as the recent studies about the honorific statues on the Acropolis, show that the workshops appear to be engaged in the iconic sculptures production, both with statues realized for the occasion and through the re-use of the ones of earlier ages. What is more, from the half of the century on, we can see a resumption of the documented building activity; in particular, the Lesser Propylaea in the sanctuary of Demeter and Kore at Eleusis offers interesting solutions in the ambit of architecture and of the sculpture of this period. The age of the Flavian seems to be of difficult interpretation too. At the moment, the sculptures which can be ascribed to this period are very scarce.They are represented by some private portraits from the Agorà, and perhaps by a portrait head of the emperor Domitian, whose provenance from Athens is not certain yet. Such a lack of documentation, compared with the use of neo-Attic workshops for imperial commissions in other areas of Greece, makes clear the necessity of paying more attention to the artistic production of this period, in order to understand the more intense resumption, which is to be found in Athens from the beginning of the second century on.
|Titolo:||La continuità delle botteghe greche in età imperiale: il caso di Atene|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Nome del convegno:||Seminari di Storia e Archeologia greca. Atti del Convegno, Roma, Università degli Studi di Roma “Sapienza”,|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.1 Contributo in Atti di convegno|