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Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph: The Art of the Roman Empire Ad 100-450 (Oxford History of Art)

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This stimulating book offers an exciting new approach to the twin themes of the arts of the Roman Empire and the rise of Christian art. Beginning in the second century, with its rich revival of ancient learning and artistic practices, and ending in the fifth with Christian narrative and liturgical cycles and the pilgrimage arts, this book explores the art of the Roman Empire by tackling two inter-related periods of internal transformation: the 'Second Sophistic' (c. ad 100-300), and the era of late antiquity (c. ad 250-450). For the first time, these two themes are treated together, throwing a more penetrating light on the radical change undergone by the empire in becoming a Christian imperium. Vases, murals, statues, and masonry are explored in relation to such issues as power, death, society, acculturation, and religion. By examining questions of reception, viewing, and the culture of spectacle alongside the more traditional art-historical themes of imperial patronage and stylistic change, Elsner presents a fresh and challenging account of a rich cultural crucible in which many developments of later European art had their origins.

Synopsis:

Explores the art of the Roman Empire from the 'Second Sophist' to the era of late antiquity and the rise of Christianity and discusses vases, murals, statues, and masonry in relation to such issues as power, death, society, acculturation, and religion. In the OXFORD HISTORY OF ART series.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 278-281) and index.

About the Author

Ja's Elsner is Lecturer in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute, London.

Table of Contents

Preface


Chapter 1. Introduction


Part I: Images and Power:


Chapter 2. A Visual Culture


Chapter 3. Art and Imperial Power


Part II: Images and Society:


Chapter 4. Art and Social Life


Chapter 5. Centre and Periphery


Chapter 6. Art and Death


Part III: Images and Transformation:


Chapter 7. Art and the Past: Antiquarian Eclecticism


Chapter 8. Art and Religion


Epilogue: Chapter 9. Art and Culture: Cost, Value, and the Discourse of Art


Afterword: Some Futures of Christian Art


Notes


List of Illustrations


Bibliographic Essay


Timeline


Index


Product Details

ISBN:
9780192842015
Subtitle:
The Art of the Roman Empire AD 100-450
Author:
Elsner, J. R.
Author:
null, Jas'
Author:
Elsner, Jas
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
Oxford ;
Subject:
Art
Subject:
European
Subject:
Architecture | History | Ancient
Subject:
Art and Architecture | History | Ancient
Subject:
Art & Architecture | History | Ancient
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oxford History of Art (Paperback)
Publication Date:
19981119
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 maps
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.5 x 0.7 in 1.65 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Explores the art of the Roman Empire from the 'Second Sophist' to the era of late antiquity and the rise of Christianity and discusses vases, murals, statues, and masonry in relation to such issues as power, death, society, acculturation, and religion. In the OXFORD HISTORY OF ART series.
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