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Painting, Ethics, and Aesthetics in Rome

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Part of Greek Culture in the Roman World

  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108420129

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  • In the first centuries BCE and CE, Roman wall painters frequently placed representations of works of art, especially panel paintings, within their own mural compositions. Nathaniel B. Jones argues that the depiction of panel painting within mural ensembles functioned as a meta-pictorial reflection on the practice and status of painting itself. This phenomenon provides crucial visual evidence for both the reception of Greek culture and the interconnected ethical and aesthetic values of art in the Roman world. Roman meta-pictures, this book reveals, not only navigated social debates on the production and consumption of art, but also created space on the Roman wall for new modes of expression relating to pictorial genres, the role of medium in artistic practice, and the history of painting. Richly illustrated, the volume will be important for anyone interested in the social, ethical, and aesthetic dimensions of artworks, in the ancient Mediterranean and beyond.

    • Proposes a new interpretation of ancient Roman mural painting
    • Draws on a wide variety of artistic, archaeological, and textual evidence
    • Connects the study of Roman wall painting to other areas of classical studies and to the broader field of art history, including the Renaissance and modernity
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    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108420129
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 77 b/w illus. 15 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the painting of painting in Ancient Rome
    1. Winckelmann and the cultural dynamics of painting
    2. Disrupting the frame
    3. The ethics and politics of art
    4. Transparent and opaque: medium and materiality on the Roman wall
    5. Paradigms, ensembles, and anachronisms
    Epilogue: reflection and reflexivity.

  • Author

    Nathaniel B. Jones, Washington University, St Louis
    Nathaniel B. Jones is Assistant Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St Louis. His research interests include painting, collecting practices, and art-historical thought in Greco-Roman antiquity. He earned a Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University in 2013. His research, which centers on the artistic and visual culture of the Greco-Roman Mediterranean, has been supported by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington, DC, and the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin. He has published on topics such as the representation of the dead in Classical Greek vase painting and the collection and display of art in the Hellenistic and Roman worlds, and the interrelationship of space and time in Roman narrative images.

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