DU1741 The Art of Ancient Rome

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: z (credit). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
Adrien Palladino, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Adrien Palladino, M.A., Ph.D.
Wed 8:00–9:40 K32
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives
The course offers an overview of Roman art, from its founding to the fourth century CE. Artistic production is placed against a complex background as its socio-political and religious implications are discussed. The course thus functions as both an introduction to the history and culture of Rome, and as a detailed analysis of Roman art. The birth of the concept of art, the role art played in the construction of an imperial identity, and the methodological problems posed by the study of the artistic production of historic societies will be discussed.
Learning outcomes
The course will give the student basic information regarding Roman history and society, helping him/her identify the phases of Roman culture through the artistic production. At the end of the course, the student will be able to: - place Roman art and architecture in the broader spectrum of Mediterranean art; - comprehend the socio-political dynamics that influenced Roman art; - identify the main sculptural and painting styles;
  • Introduction to the course Historical Overview of Rome The Beginnings of Roman art: the Etruscans The Beginnings of Roman art: the Greeks The art of the Republic Rome and the Mediterranean A new beginning: Augustan art Imperial art: the capital Imperial art: the provinces Private art: domestic spaces Private art: funerary monuments The art of power, the power of art: the third century CE
  • Jas Elsner, Art and the Roman Viewer. The Transformation of Art from the Pagan World to Christianity, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  • Jerome J. Pollitt, The Art of Rome 753 B.C.—A.D. 337: Sources and Documents, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1983.
  • Peter Stewart, The Social History of Roman Art. Key Themes in Ancient History, Cambridge/New York, Cambridge University Press, 2008
  • Fred S. Kleiner, A History of Roman Art, Boston, Cengage Learning, 2nd ed., 2018.
  • Eve D'Ambra, Roman Art, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  • Jas Elsner, Roman Eyes: Visuality and Subjectivity in Art and Text, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2007.
Teaching methods
The main teaching method is the discussion of Roman art on the basis of images of frescoes, mosaics, relief sculptures, coins, domestic architecture, temples, political monuments, and city planning. Videos and 3D reconstructions of ancient settings will be used. If possible, a visit to the Römer and Ephesus Museums in Vienna will be organised.
Assessment methods
Oral examination of the materials discussed in class.
Language of instruction
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019.
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