HISTART 534 - Ancient Painting
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing, HISTART 101 and either HISTART/CLARCH 221 or 222.
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

In the ancient civilizations of the greater Mediterranean region, large-scale paintings decorated the walls of palaces, houses, tombs and public buildings, often in celebration of their patrons' lives, achievements, and cultivated tastes. Also prized were painted wood panels. Some were kept in shuttered cabinets and shown only to special guests. Others, like Fayoum portraits, commemorated the deceased in life and accompanied them to the eternal world of the grave. After a very brief introduction to the traditions of monumental painting developed by the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean world, this course will focus on the wall and panel paintings of the Roman era. Paintings from Rome, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Ostia provide the core of visual material, but paintings from the Roman provinces will be discussed as well.

This course will pay special attention to the meaning of images in light of their public and private contexts, their patrons' social concerns, and their historical/archaeological settings. The majority of images to be discussed represent gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, mortal men and women, children and slaves, scenes of daily life, religious, and political subjects, landscapes, gardens and still life. Lectures and class discussion will also take account of a number of issues that are prominent in the study of Roman painting — for example, the relationship of Roman imagery to Greek models, the potentially wide range of viewers of Roman paintings and the meanings that different viewers might have found in the images, the chronology of the four Pompeian styles, and the reception of Roman paintings in modern times. Hands-on study of fragments of actual Roman paintings in the Kelsey Museum’s collection, will teach students about the materials and technical processes of Roman wall painting and about problems and methods of reconstruction, interpretation, and transmission.

HISTART category for concentration distributions: D. Europe and the U.S., 1. Ancient

Course Requirements:

Class attendance and active participation: 20% of total grade; two class presentations accompanied by short papers: each 20% of total grade, midterm examination: 15% of total grade; and final examination or project: 25% of final grade. Graduate students enrolled in this course must write a substantial research paper.

HISTART 534 - Ancient Painting
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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Earlier editions of the textbook are acceptable.
ISBN: 0521315956
Roman painting, Author: Roger Ling., Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press Repr. 2006
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