The Social Life of Painting in Ancient Rome and on the Bay of Naples

The Social Life of Painting in Ancient Rome and on the Bay of Naples

by Eleanor Winsor Leach
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521826004

ISBN-13: 9780521826006

Pub. Date: 02/29/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this study, Eleanor Winsor Leach offers a new interpretation of Roman painting as found in domestic spaces of the elite classes of ancient Italy. Because the Roman house fulfilled an important function as the seat of its owner's political power, its mural decoration provides critical evidence for the interrelationship between public and private life. The painted…  See more details below

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In this study, Eleanor Winsor Leach offers a new interpretation of Roman painting as found in domestic spaces of the elite classes of ancient Italy. Because the Roman house fulfilled an important function as the seat of its owner's political power, its mural decoration provides critical evidence for the interrelationship between public and private life. The painted images, Leach contends, reflect the codes of communication embedded in upper class life, such as the performative theatricality that was expected of those leading public lives, the self-conscious assimilation of Hellenistic culture among aristocrats, and the ambivalent attitudes toward luxury as a coveted sign of power and a symptom of ethical degeneracy. Relying on contemporary literary sources, this book also integrates historical and semantic approaches to an investigation of the visual language through which painting communicates with its viewers. It also offers a fresh perspective on the demography of Pompeii and the relationship between colony and Rome as reflected in its wall painting.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521826006
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/29/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
370
Product dimensions:
8.62(w) x 10.87(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the world's common property1
1Domestic context18
Spaces open to all visitors21
Spaces Propria Patribus Familiarum40
2Panels and porticoes55
Status and interior furnishing56
Some late republican houses of Campania68
Mimesis and meaning85
3The model of the Scaenae Frons93
Roman theatres and theatre decoration100
Stages in domestic decoration104
Augustan self-staging and the Scaenarum Frontes of the Palatine residence110
Imperial revival of the Scaenae Frons114
Epilogue : breaking theatrical boundaries121
4Gardens and picture galleries123
Garden decorations124
Pinacothecae : representing representation132
Galleries and houses of the third style in Campania142
The Pinacotheca and period aesthetics152
5The style of luxury156
Domus aurea156
Claudian luxury166
Written luxury167
Two Pompeian houses : M. Lucretius Fronto and L. Caecilius Jucundus176
6The final decade : demography and decoration186
The neighborhood of the Via di Mercurio187
Houses of the candidates211
Limited fourth style additions220
Incomplete decorations232
Hierarchy and environment241
Private enterprise250
Big circuits and high-powered connections261
Conclusion : beyond A.D. 79 in Rome and Campania265

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