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Roman Painting [Paperback]

Roger Ling
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7 Mar 1991
This book, first published in 1991, is a general history of Roman painting written specifically for English-language readers. Large numbers of wall-paintings have survived from the Roman world, and particularly from Rome itself and from the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae, buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Their influence upon European artists of the Renaissance and Neo-Classical periods has been considerable. Recent research has provided a much clearer idea of the chronology of these paintings, of their sources of inspiration, and of their meaning to the various classes of patrons who commissioned them. All aspects of our knowledge are brought together in this survey. Among other topics the book discusses the so-called Four Pompeian Styles, their spread to the provinces, the broad developments in scheme, style and subject-matter which followed them, the factors which dictated the choice of particular subjects and the way in which they were represented, and what we know about the painters and the organisation of their workshops.

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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (7 Mar 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521315956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521315951
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 22.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book provides a general survey of Roman wall-painting from the second century BC through to the fourth century AD, tracing its origins, its chronological development, its subjects, its techniques, and its social context. It deals particularly with the paintings from the buried cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and its main purpose is to provide a summary of the subject.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 5 Aug 2010
I initially borrowed this book from the public library when I was doing my M.A. I found it so good that I purchased a copy of my own and still use it, even though I graduated in 2007 with from Open University. Roger Ling presents the information in an eminently readable style, similar to his other books, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to anyone, for whatever purpose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Written Book Resplendent with Color 18 Dec 1999
By Judd Michael Conrad - Published on Amazon.com
I took a class on Pompeii and I read the entire book for the class. The illustrations are mostly in color, which is helpful and nice-looking. Overall, a concise and accessible survey of Roman painting, most of which was preserved in Pompeii.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Roman smudges. 20 Aug 2008
By M. Carling - Published on Amazon.com
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A comprehensive book loaded with well-documented examples. The color plates are fine; however, everything else is black and white and cross-eyed tiny. (I guess I could buy a loop!) I realize Cambridge UP didn't put this out as a coffee-table book, but the examples should be large enough to enjoy the details. In its present format, this is a scholarly text illustrated with a collection of Roman smudges. Very frustrating.
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