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

ISBN: 9780521826006

Published: June 14th 2004

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The Social Life of Painting in Ancient Rome and on the Bay of Naples  by  Eleanor Winsor Leach

The Social Life of Painting in Ancient Rome and on the Bay of Naples by Eleanor Winsor Leach
June 14th 2004 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: 9780521826006 | 3.23 Mb

In this study, Eleanor Winsor Leach offers a new interpretation of Roman painting as found in domestic spaces of the elite classes of ancient Rome. Because the Roman house fulfilled an important function as the seat of its owners political power,MoreIn this study, Eleanor Winsor Leach offers a new interpretation of Roman painting as found in domestic spaces of the elite classes of ancient Rome. Because the Roman house fulfilled an important function as the seat of its owners 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 towards 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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