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A Catalog of Identifiable Figure Painters of Ancient Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae

L. Richardson jr

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A herculean effort to identify the hands of individual wall painters who worked in Pompeii and the surrounding area.

How did figure painting fit into the economic and artistic life of Pompeii? Did the best painters work in conjunction with one another? Did they paint only the important pictures in the best rooms and, if so, who painted the rest? Were the best houses the showplaces for these painters' work? If not, what was the function of these decorations in Pompeian life?

L. Richardson, jr, has had a long and distinguished career writing about Roman art and architecture, particularly that of...

A herculean effort to identify the hands of individual wall painters who worked in Pompeii and the surrounding area.

How did figure painting fit into the economic and artistic life of Pompeii? Did the best painters work in conjunction with one another? Did they paint only the important pictures in the best rooms and, if so, who painted the rest? Were the best houses the showplaces for these painters' work? If not, what was the function of these decorations in Pompeian life?

L. Richardson, jr, has had a long and distinguished career writing about Roman art and architecture, particularly that of the companion town of Pompeii and its environs. In this newest work, he attributes many of the surviving wall decorations to particular painters. It is a catalog in the true sense, grouping the pictures by style and then by painter. Richardson describes the salient characteristics of a painter's work, and then inventories the pictures he attributes to that painter, together with cross-references to other catalogs and sources of good reproductions. The book will serve as a valuable resource for specialists in classics and art history, as well as a unique guide for intellectually adventurous tourists visiting the Museo Nazionale at Naples and the sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae.

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Richardson's study is a monumental achievement, clearly the result of a lifetime of careful scrutiny and sensitivity to painted forms.

This book presents an interesting and thorough analysis of the material.

Richardson writes superbly—his style is enticingly fluid and thoroughly lucid. Especially cerebral and thought-provoking is his proposed explanation of who these painters may have been and of the nature of their trade. His introduction is unlike anything dealing with Roman painting that has ever appeared in print—itself, a minor masterwork.

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Publication Date
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Available
Trim Size
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9
Pages
224
ISBN
9780801862359
Table of Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. Catalog
3. Afterword
Indexes
Topographical Index
Museum Inventory Number Index
Picture Subject Index

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L. Richardson, jr

L. Richardson, Jr is James B. Duke Professor of Latin at Duke University. His books include New Topigraphical History of Ancient Rome, also available form Johns Hopkins.