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Roman Art in the Private Sphere: New Perspectives on the Architecture and Decor of the Domus, Villa, and Insula

Roman Art in the Private Sphere: New Perspectives on the Architecture and Decor of the Domus, Villa, and Insula

by Elaine K. Gazda


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"This is a stimulating book and should be compulsory reading for all students of Roman art."
---Classical Review
"[A] model exploration into the ways private décor can be used to facilitate a larger understanding of Roman art and society."
---Classical World
Roman Art in the Private Sphere presents an impressive case for the social and art historical importance of the paintings, mosaics, and sculptures that filled the private houses of the Roman elite. The six essays in this volume range from the first century BCE to the fourth century CE, and from the Italian peninsula to the Eastern Empire and North African provinces, treating works of art that belonged to every major Roman housing type: the single-family atrium houses and the insula apartment blocks in Italian cities, the dramatically sited villas of the Campanian coast and countryside, and the palatial mansions of late antique provincial aristocrats. This new edition includes a fresh contribution by editor Elaine Gazda, tracing the developments in the treatment of private Roman art since the publication of the original edition of Roman Art in the Private Sphere.
Elaine K. Gazda is Professor of the History of Art and Curator of Hellenistic and Roman Antiquities at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472101962
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 09/01/1991
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Domestic Art and the Instability of Cultural Meaning: Roman Art in the Private Sphere Revisited Elaine K. Gazda xi

Introduction Elaine K. Gazda 1

1 The Pompeian Atrium House in Theory and in Practice Eugene Dwyer 25

2 Painted Perspectives of Villa Visit: Landscape as Status and Metaphor Bettina Bergmann 49

3 Sculptural Collecting and Display in the Private Realm Elizabeth Bartman 71

4 The Decor of the House of Jupiter and Ganymede at Ostia Antica: Private Residence Turned Gay Hotel? John R. Clarke 89

5 Signs of Privilege and Pleasure: Roman Domestic Mosaics Christine Kondoleon 105

6 Power, Architecture, and Decor: How the Late Roman Aristocrat Appeared to His Guests Simon P. Ellis 117

List of Illustrations 135

Sources of Illustrations 139

A Note on Abbreviations 143

Select Bibliography 145

Plates 157

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