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1 The William J. Battle Collection of Plaster Casts Gallery Go-to Training February 7, 2009

2 UT’s Battle Cast Collection 19 th century museums all used casts to teach the ideals of classical culture and art Prof. Battle taught Classics, arrived at UT in 1894 Built the collection between ; he selected each piece and used Classics Dept. funds to purchase

3 Battle’s Casts Purchased the casts from P.P. Caproni and Brother Plastic Arts in Boston Caproni and Brother casts are all over the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Phillipines Plaster is extremely fragile- humidity destroys them and weakens them UT’s is considered one of the largest and best preserved in country.

4 ARCHAIC SCULPTURE Origins in Egypt Probably painted and features were generic Stiff, stocky, symmetrical Frontal view, feet carry weight, the archaic “smile” One block of stone

5 Kouros

6 CLASSICAL SCULPTURE More relaxed Freestanding, in the round (versus attached to wall) Proportion, order, harmony Idealized features Age of Perikles

7 Mourning Athena

8 This is a grave relief originally on the Acropolis Dressed in a peplos, Corinthian helmet (spoils of war), spear Contemplating a list of Athenian war dead

9 Connecting Ancient to Now

10 HELLENISTIC SCULPTURE Much more dramatic Influenced by Greek colonies Highly expressive, human emotion is evident Ethnic groups represented, everyday people

11 The Dying Gaul


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