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Rocks, Paper, Memory
Wendy Artin's Watercolor Paintings of Ancient Sculptures

By Christopher Ratte, Wendy Artin and Katherine A. Larson

Rocks, Paper, Memory
Paperback, 96 pages £16.00
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780990662327
Format: 203mm x 203mm
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Subjects: Art & Art History, Classical Studies and Ancient History, Kelsey Museum Publications

This catalogue documents an exhibition at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology of watercolor paintings by American artist Wendy Artin and selected objects from the Museum's permanent collections.

Wendy Artin has been working for over a decade on a series of watercolors of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures and related subjects. She is thus a fresh presence in a long line of artists who draw inspiration from antiquity. Indeed, this tradition has very ancient precedents. The exhibition and catalogue place a selection of 47 of Artin's paintings--including landscapes and figure paintings as well as images of ancient sculptures--in dialogue with 14 objects drawn from the Kelsey's collections, among them works of Greek art inspired by Egyptian precedents, examples of Roman imperial portraits that were copied in numerous media for circulation around the empire, and reproductions of the same figure types featured in some of Artin's paintings (such as Aphrodite Rising from the Sea).

Wendy Artin's masterful watercolors offer new and arresting ways of looking at ancient sculptures and buildings--and of remembering the classical past.

Includes 81 colour illustrations.


Curator's Acknowledgments

Artist's Acknowledgments

Wendy Artin and Christopher Ratté in Dialogue

Kelsey Museum Objects (catalogue entries by Katherine A. Larson)

An Egyptianizing Limestone Head from Cyprus and Two Egyptian Ushabti Figurines<

A Portrait Head of the Roman Emperor Augustus and a Selection of Augustan Coins


Wendy Artin's Watercolors

The Parthenon Frieze

Stone from Delphi


Roman Landscapes

About the Artist

About the Curator

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 96 pages
 203mm x 203mm

BIC Code:
  ART015100, ART020000
 Kelsey Museum Publications


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