Aug 14, 2002

let them eat fish

The Centre of Attention presents Email Art, a contemporary art electronic exhibition starting August 12 to September 16, 2002. Every Monday for 6 weeks, subscribers receive an e-mail from a different artist, including Jenny Holzer, Ken Friedman, Sylvie Fleury, Simon Poulter and Simon Faithfull. The 6th artist will be the best e-mail contribution received within the first 5 weeks from amongst the exhibition subscribers. Subscription to the exhibition is free, registration simply by e-mailing via ARTKRUSH

Since we've been forced to stay in the city, I decided to pretend to be on vacation in the town that I live in. And since the town I live in is Rome, it's not difficult to be a tourist. I've piled up all the books I have regarding Rome and am going thru them looking for places to visit. Recently mainly places dealing with the Roman Empire.

In ancient Rome, artisans and artists were slaves. And making art was a job.

When Julius Caesar’s great-nephew, Octavian, became head of the Roman Republic, he changed his name to Augustus which means majestic. He was able to rule for over 40 years. I guess that's why he felt he should be Eternally Remembered. That's why he promoted the arts and architecture.
Augustus had a weakness for building large edifices and dedicating them to members of his family. For example, the Portico d’Ottavia. The Portico d’Ottavia was reconstructed by Augustus in honor of his sister Octavia (the abandoned wife of Mark Antony). It is the only surviving portico of what used to be the monumental piazza of Circus Flaminius. Originally the rectangular portico enclosed temples dedicated to Jupiter and Juno.
The portico was built on the site on another portico designed by the Greek architects Sauros and Batrachos
who’d wanted to place their names on the portico in recognition of their work. But permission to do so was denied so the two architects retagliated by sculpting representations of their names: a lizard (sauros) and a frog (batrachos) on the columns’ capitals.

In fact, art was made to glorified art patrons and not artists. Up until now, the Romans had always copied the Greeks in terms of the arts. But now they'd come up with something totally their own. PORTRAIT SCULPTURE. While the Greeks were content to idealize their images, the Romans often preferred depictions in stone and bronze that emphasized the reality of the subject. And portraits that did not represent but portrayed.

The Portico d’Ottavia eventually lost any sense of connection with Ottavia, the poor Good and Honest woman who'd be dumped by her husband so that he could go off and fight wars with Cleopatra. During the Middle Ages, the area dedicated to the temple of Juno was recyled into the church of Sant'Angelo in Peschiera which takes its name from the fish market which used to be held here (pesce means fish). In the 17th and 18th century the area was inhabited primarily by Jews who were forced to attend Sant'Angelo in Peschiera Saturday afternoons to listen to a sermon. (It is said that many of them put wax in their ears to avoid hearing the words of the priest.)

Il portico d'Ottavia, il più antico quadriportico di Roma antica, si è ampiamente conservato all'interno della città moderna, presso l'antico ghetto, tanto da essere stato per secoli punto di riferimento degli ebrei di Roma.-- The complex of the Portico d’Ottavia-- Il Campo Marzio : il Portico di Ottavia--i resti del Portico di Ottavia --The Popolo Project-- accanto al Portico D'Ottavia-- Il Portico d'Ottavia è il centro storico del della zona di Roma denominata Ghetto.-- il Portico di Ottavia--
Paladino al Portico d’Ottavia-- Porticus Octaviae --
galleria bonomo-- Il portico è l'unico elemento superstite di un enorme complesso che sorgeva su questa area fino al medioevo--Sulle rive del Tevere --
Rione Sant'Angelo -- Piazza di Pescaria--
Porticus Octaviae--From the Tiber Island to the Ghetto--Columns in the kitchen, tears on the cobblestones: Rome's past lives on -- Giunone in the roman world--
Women had their own genius, which was called a junothe origin of portrait sculpture-- survived from the Romans are their portrait sculptures --Room 85 displays Roman sculptured portraits--Realistic portrait sculpture was developed by the Romans. --father said we would have our portraits done--Imperial Roman Portraits--Republican Sculpture An Introduction --Roman Portrait Sculpture


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