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Att beröra antiken - Johan tobias Sergels "antiker"
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Art History.
2011 (Swedish)In: Svenskar och antiken / [ed] Brita Ahlrot, Charlotte Scheffer, Stockholm: Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens kultur , 2011, 31-54 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Antiquity as historical reality is gone forever and can only be ‘reached’ through the mind, in essentialist and purified expressions of supreme classicizing art. Classical is projected against tense and disturbed refutations of the present (a perfect human state, in contrast to the sicknesses, weaknesses and imperfections of present life). This is the notion of classicism informing Neo-classical endeavours of art in the 1770s international circle of artists inspired by Roman paradigms. The article studies these attitudes and the style derived from it, as evidenced in the sculptures by Johan Tobias Sergel, a Swedish sculptor staying in Rome 1767-1778. In the sculptures, based on stories of passion from classical sources, the classical ideal (as aspects of artfulness and works of the mind) comes forth in the faces and hands of the figures, in the sense of extremely idealized forms in blend with more natural and yet heroic bodies. In Sergel’s sculptures, the remote and ideal of the classical is however countered by manifest instances of very sensual touch – fingertips, in particular – channelling feelings of sensuous experience. The sense of touch is moreover heightened towards the more hidden backside, where a more Bernini-inspired style prevails.

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Stockholm: Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens kultur , 2011. 31-54 p.
Keyword [sv]
nyklassicism, Johan Tobias Sergel, Rom, skulptur
National Category
Art History
Research subject
Art History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-76088ISBN: 978-91-978257-4-0OAI: diva2:526306
Available from: 2012-05-11 Created: 2012-05-08 Last updated: 2015-07-30Bibliographically approved

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