Individuality and Anonymity in Archaic Greek Sculpture: Questions of Form in the Kore Type Public Deposited

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  • Aubuchon, Rachel Ann
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art and Art History
  • This thesis examines the relationship between formal appearance and function in Archaic korai statues. It first considers the social and historical context surrounding these sculptures and then situates the type within the greater sculptural corpus and religious tradition of votive offerings in the Archaic period. First, the korai are placed within the Archaic sculptural tradition, and their lineage is illustrated in order to prove continuity despite changing form and, perhaps, contemporary reading. Second, modern interpretations of the type are analyzed, focusing on the problematic teleological schema of Greek sculptural progress identified best by A. A. Donohue. Finally, as a check to this teleology, the thesis suggests new avenues and questions for study. All of the gathered information is used to suggest new readings of form and style that can be applied to all series within the type. The objective is to re-insert the Akropolis series into the visual lineage of the kore type in order to generate questions about the type rather than individual series.
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  • Sturgeon, Mary C.
  • Master of Arts
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