Loricate Torso Analysis

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The art piece is the Loricate Torso of the late second century A.D. (late 100 A.D.). This piece has the dimensions of 44 1/4 X 22 ¼ X 14 ½ in. 122.4x 56.5x 36.8 cm. Located at the Detroit Institution of Arts, the accession number is 72.273. The Loricate Torso is a sculpture made of marble. At first glance, I was in awe of its realism, and the great amount of detail to the male anatomy. This was one of the only pieces of artwork at the DIA that truly stood out to me, but as I stared at this art piece for about 15 minutes I fell more in love with the attention of detail that the artist put into the sculpture. The Loricate Torso, represented the power of the Roman Empire, as well as the military men, who protected and conquered. The Loricate …show more content…
It shows the pull that gravity has in reality when wearing such fabric. When researching the Loricate Torso, I did not find any evidence of any color painted onto the sculpture. The sculpture may have moved into space, since the arms and legs are missing it is unknown. found that the figure was in contrapposto, meaning that figure leaned to one side and had a forward motion, the sculpture leaned to right leg and the slight shift of the hip.There is no hieratic scale applied to this piece. The Loricate Torso is a three-dimensional (3-D) sculpture, when viewing this art piece I was not physically able to walk around the art piece. If the art piece was not backed into the glass wall, I would have been able to view this piece 360 degrees. I believe that this art piece should have been appropriately been displayed to allow visitors to view the piece in just as the Roman citizens. This piece would have been publicly displayed for the Roman citizens. The Loricate Torso is a representation of the Roman military and this image showed the physical strength and power of the military to the Roman citizens, which may have helped keep up patriotism for the …show more content…
Within the 33 years of production the Loricate Torso, the Roman Empire thrived on conquering Germanic tribes and expanding the Roman Empire geographically. As stated by the United Nations of Roma Victix (UNRV), several emperors ruled during the time period such as Marcus Aurelus, Commodus, and Julianus. Also several battles and wars occurred during this period. One major event is the Germanic wars, which were a series of battles between the Roman Empire and the Germanic tribes. I found that this art piece was meant to glorify the military men that fight for the Roman Empire. Though the artist is unknown, the artist may have been a person that was hired by the Roman government. Some iconographic images that is found on the sculpture is the 2 Pegasus and the unclear circular image in the center of the armor. On the chest of the armor there is an unclear image in the top center, which may abbreviation of SPQR. SPQR was translated from Latin into English meaning Roman Senate and People. Another carving located on the waist of the sculpture is the 2 horses with wings, which in Roman mythology is called the Pegasus. According to the Elysium Gates, “Pegasus is a symbol of knowledge, glory, and inspiration” it is also is a display of “bravery and courage such as the hero’s spirit.” The society that created the art piece valued honor and bravery, which

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