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The Column of Marcus AureliusThe Genesis and Meaning of a Roman Imperial Monument$
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Martin Beckmann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834619

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877777_beckmann

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The Frieze Concept & Draft

The Frieze Concept & Draft

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(p.84) Chapter Five The Frieze Concept & Draft
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The Column of Marcus Aurelius
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Martin Beckmann

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877777_beckmann.9

This chapter argues that the designers of the frieze of the Column of Marcus Aurelius did not face the same challenge as did the designer of the frieze of Trajan's Column. The designers of the frieze of the Column of Marcus Aurelius did not have to create an entirely new form of architectural sculpture, but rather were able to rely on a model for guidance. At the same time, the existence of a model did not make the task an easy one. To start with, the designers would have had to rely on their own observation and interpretation of their model. Working seventy years after the Column of Trajan was built, these men would not have been able to rely on the advice or information of anyone who had been involved in the original project. Just how well did the designers of the Column of Marcus Aurelius understand their model? Even today, with the benefit of close-up photography and numerous detailed studies, the frieze of the Column of Trajan is far from fully understood.

Keywords:   frieze, Marcus Aurelius, Trajan's Column, architectural sculpture, close-up photography

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