Author: Natsumi Nonaka
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Release Date: 2017-02-17
This book is the first study of the portico and its decorative program as a cultural phenomenon in Renaissance Italy. Focusing on a largely neglected group of porticoes decorated with painted pergolas that appeared in Rome and environs in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, it tells the story of how an element of the garden—the pergola—became a pictorial topos in portico decoration, and evolved, hand in hand with its real cousin in the garden, into an object for cultural emulation among the educated patrons of early modern Rome. The liminality of both the portico and the pergola at the interface of architecture and garden is key to the interpretation of these architectural and painted forms, which rests on the intersecting frameworks of the classical tradition, natural history, and the cultural identity of the aristocracy. In the mediating space of the Renaissance portico, the illusionism pergola created an art gallery, a natural history museum, and a virtual garden where one could engage in leisurely strolls, learned conversations, appreciation of art, and scientific investigation, as well as extensive travel across time and space. The book proposes the interpretation that the illusionistic pergola was an artistic formula for the early modern perception of nature.
Author: Sarah Lepinski
Release Date: 2015-06-18
This volume presents a spectrum of current research on ancient surface decoration (painting mosaic, and stuccowork/plasterwork) that offers new avenues of exploration and directions of inquiry. The collected essays draw from a wide range of disciplinary frameworks and integrate material analysis, the study of technical characteristics, the investigation of literary and archaeological evidence, and the interpretation and reconstruction of iconographic programs. Geographically, the papers focus on paintings from the Mediterranean world, including examples from the Bronze Age Aegean, the Hellenistic Levant, and Roman Campania and Greece. Exciting work on Classical Maya paintings in Guatemala augment the case studies from the Mediterranean region and provide an important opportunity for cross-cultural comparisons of ancient artistic and cultural practices as well as modern analytical approaches. By offering a wide chronological and geographic panorama, this volumes expands existing research on ancient surface decoration and aims to secure a broad and variable foundation for continued work.
Author: John R. Clarke
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 1991
"Extensively documented with well-chosen, good quality photographs, Clarke's book effectively surveys these representative examples from the Late Republic to the Late Empire, illustrating the shift in the agendas of decoration as well as in the patterns of the lives played out behind closed doors within these highly charged domestic interiors."--Richard Brilliant, author of Visual Narratives: Storytelling in Etruscan & Roman Art "An enlightening and engaging walk through Roman cultural history. . . .This book will be essential to anyone interested in the classical past, in artistic ensembles, or in the experience of architecture."--Diane Favro, University of California, Los Angeles "Real experts in Roman painting are few. This book should be very welcome to Roman art historians and social historians wanting to present this material to their students."--Eleanor Winsor Leach, author of The Rhetoric of Space
Author: Susan Grace Galassi
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release Date: 2017
An engaging look at one of the central motifs in the work of the great 19th-century painter Widely considered Britain's greatest painter, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) is best known for his light-filled landscapes and seascapes. A relentless traveler, Turner often turned his artistic attention to the theme of modern and ancient ports. In the mid-1820s, Turner exhibited two monumental, and controversial, paintings of ports: Cologne and Dieppe. Shocking for their intense luminosity and yellow tonality, as well as for Turner's unorthodox handling of paint, these works marked a transition in the artist's career as he moved away from naturalism and toward a new, poetic topography. This in-depth study of these two seminal paintings also addresses a wide selection of Turner's works in both oil and watercolor from the 1820s, placing them in the context of radical changes in British social and economic structures taking place at the time. Drawing from period travel accounts, contemporary critical commentary, and new technical analyses of Turner's work, this magnificently illustrated book brings a fresh, new perspective to the pivotal middle years of Turner's career.
Author: Penelope J. E. Davies
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 2017-08-31
Architecture and Politics in Republican Rome is the first book to explore the intersection between Roman Republican building practices and politics (c.509-44 BCE). At the start of the period, architectural commissions were carefully controlled by the political system; by the end, buildings were so widely exploited and so rhetorically powerful that Cassius Dio cited abuse of visual culture among the reasons that propelled Julius Caesar's colleagues to murder him in order to safeguard the Republic. In an engaging and wide-ranging text, Penelope J. E. Davies traces the journey between these two points, as politicians developed strategies to manoeuver within the system's constraints. She also explores the urban development and image of Rome, setting out formal aspects of different types of architecture and technological advances such as the mastery of concrete. Elucidating a rich corpus of buildings that have been poorly understand, Davies demonstrates that Republican architecture was much more than a formal precursor to that of imperial Rome.
Author: Jim Cogswell
Publisher: Kelsey Museum Publications
Release Date: 2017
Artist Jim Cogswell's "Cosmogonic Tattoos" is an ambitious work of contemporary art created for the windows of the University of Michigan Museum of Art and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. Drawing on imagery from both museums, "Cosmogonic Tattoos" liberates museum objects from their cases and pedestals to run wild and transform, dramatizing the complex and tumultuous ways in which art and artifacts go from creation to museum display. This handsome artist book, designed by Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo, contains a full photographic documentation of the installation, as well as the artifacts that inspired it, preliminary studies, and related work, accompanied by artist statement and essays and reactions to the work by artists, scholars and museum professionals.
Author: Elaine K. Gazda
Publisher: Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Release Date: 2000
This is a catalogue of an exhibition by the Kelsey Museum at the University of Michigan which focused on a cycle of frescoes found in 1990 at the well-known villa on the outskirts of ancient Pompeii. Probably painted around 60 BC, the cycle depicts young women probably being initiated into the cult of Bacchus (Dionysus) in preparation for marriage. The catalogue presents a number of objects connected with the villa, as well as the reconstruction watercolours commissioned by Francis Willey Kelsey, founder of the museum, from Maria Barosso, an artist working in Rome at the time of the frescoes' discovery. Even more interesting are the ten essays that precede the artefacts, which focus on `women and cult in the art of Roman Italy' and have been developed out of a research group led by Gazda.
Author: Yukihiko Motoyama
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Release Date: 1997-01
The eight essays translated here by Motoyama's colleagues from North America and Europe broadly cover the eventful half century that witnessed the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate and the rise of the modern Japanese state to the position of an international power. They deal topically with political, intellectual, and educational issues that occupied the attention of the Japanese government and public in the period from 1853, the momentuous year of Commodore Perry's arrival, to 1905 and the aftermath of another climactic event, Japan's victory over Russia. In the essay from which the book's title is derived, Motoyama examines a private school in Kumamoto, the Seiseiko (School of Proliferating Talent), which was run by a group with a rebel background but statist interests. The group and its school are a prime example of the ambiguities explored throughout the volume. The essays muster a great variety of sources, ranging from graffiti and popular doggerel of the period immediately before the Meiji Restoration to the discourses, letters, and diaries of major intellectual and political figures of the Meiji period.
Author: Linda Fierz-David
Publisher: Spring Publications
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Social Science
This book is a step-by-step account of the initiation of women at Pompeii. This study, written at the behest of C. G. Jung by one of his closest associates, reads the scenes of initiates, priestesses, fauns, satyrs, cupid figures & black winged angels as a dream series. We are taken inside the Dionysian experience & begin to feel the distinctions between Ariadne, his wife & her other family members - Pasophae, Phiadra & Medea. These rituals provide a key to the mysteries of midlife crises going on in women today. "Anyone fascinated by the Dionysian/Orphic mystery tradition, or interested in the use of mythical archetypes as representation of the Jungian process of individualation, will find this book a treasure trove of inspiration & confirmation."--Gnosis.
Author: Andrea Berlin
Publisher: Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Release Date: 2012
Ten seasons of excavation at Tel Anafa (at the foot of the Golan Heights in the Upper Galilee of modern Israel) revealed the remains of a rich and remarkably well-preserved Hellenistic settlement showing great cultural and ethnic diversity. The richness of the finds, coupled with the clear chronological context and careful recording techniques employed by the excavators, have made Tel Anafa extremely valuable to all those interested in the Hellenistic world, providing a rare opportunity to study Greek culture in direct contact with Phoenician. Indeed, for many bodies of Hellenistic material, Tel Anafa serves as a typological and chronological “type site,” presenting a broader and more closely dated range of material than ever before possible. This volume covers the glass from the excavation, including many expensive glass drinking vessels, as well as the lamps, metal objects and stone tools and vessels.
Author: Elaine K. Gazda
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Release Date: 1994
"This is a stimulating book and should be compulsory reading for all students of Roman art." ---Classical Review "For all the authors, attention to the ensemble, a sense of the relation between the formal and the iconographic, and the desire to historicize their material contribute to making this anthology unusual in its rigorous and creative attention to the way that art and architecture participate in the construction of the image of the Roman elite." ---Art Bulletin 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 B.C.E. to the fourth century C.E., and from the Italian peninsula to the Eastern Empire and North African provinces. The essays treat 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. In a complementary fashion the essays consider domestic art in relation to questions of decorum, status, wealth, social privilege, and obligation. Patrons emerge as actively interested in the character of their surroundings; artists appear as responsive to the desire of their patrons. The evidence in private art of homosexual conduct in high society is also set forth. Originality of subject matter, sophisticated appreciation of stylistic and compositional nuance, and philosophical perceptions of the relationship of humanity and nature are among the themes that the essays explore. Together they demonstrate that Roman domestic art must be viewed on its own terms. 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.