Fine Arts | Hellenistic and Roman Painting
A616 | 26315 | Van Voorhis

This course explores the development of monumental painting in the
ancient Mediterranean from the age of Alexander through the Roman
imperial period, focusing both on extant works (from Macedonia,
Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, Pompeii, and Rome, among other) and on
those that do not survive, but are known through ancient literary
descriptions and/or ancient replicas.  Roman attitudes towards Greek
culture led to the wide-scale appropriation, replication, and
creative adaptation of earlier Greek painting subjects and
compositions for display in new contexts.  The complex relationship
between Hellenistic and Roman painting traditions will be examined
through close examination of individual works, ranging from
Greek “originals” (such as the Vergina tombs), to Roman copies
(Alexander mosaic) and versions (mythological scenes from Pompeii),
to new subjects and compositions (such as Roman triumphal paintings).