I also admire the craftsmanship in making these. They obviously owe a lot to the originals but there is quite a bit
of interpretation involved if only because in expanding these from about one inch to ten involves a 100-fold increase in the surface area
that the artist has to define and this imposes what I think are modern ideas on ancient one.
For instance Hadrian
, the remote and imposing figure on the coin, would push you off the Tarpeian Rock personally if he suspected you were any threat to his
Imperium. Ruthlessness was a quality
admired in their rulers. Today no leader would want to appear this way (tough, always - ruthless, no). In the coin adaptation Hadrian
is more like "Uncle Had
", the amiable unshaven bloke who sits around the house in his
undershirt with a beer in hand.
I exaggerate a bit
and I don't mean to criticize her efforts, only to point out that it is perhaps futile to really re-create the past.
In the same vein, Herakleides' androgynous Apollo
reappears to me as a female figure- kind of a modern woman with a "What's in it for me?" look in her eyes. Joe says that he finds her/him kind of "evil". But, hey, that's art. It is all in the eyes of the beholder.