Saturday, March 21, 2009
Verism means realistic. The Greeks were into Idealism. They wanted their gods and themselves protrayed as perfect, no flaws, the ideal being. When the Romans came along they looked to copy the Greeks but they also wanted to be more real. They wanted more individualism to show, not only in their statues and paintings, but I think they wanted to be recognized for their own individual strengths as artists. In order to do that they had to use more realism. I think it's like every generation before us, we have all copied the great masters since the begining of time, but haven't we also added our own style, techinique, and verism as we see it to do what the past has taught us?