Special Issue "Ancient Mediterranean Painting (vol. 1)"

A special issue of Arts (ISSN 2076-0752). This special issue belongs to the section "Visual Arts".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 February 2019)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Annette Giesecke

Elias Ahuja Professor of Classics, Chair of Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
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Interests: Greek art; Roman art; Egyptian art; Near Eastern art; vase painting; fresco; mosaic; iconography; gardens; garden painting; cultural history of plants; Roman villas
Guest Editor
Dr. Mark Stansbury O’Donnell

Professor of Art History, Associate Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 55105, USA
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Interests: Greek art; figured pottery; narrative; context; artist-consumer interaction; Lucanian pottery; Attic pottery

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

From the Bronze Age Aegean, Egypt, and Mesopotamia to the late Roman Empire, painted images mediated the experiences and interactions of the individuals whose cultures produced them. They influenced and even shaped the rituals of home life, work, religion, and other social experiences in myriad, complex ways. For example, iconography, patterns or other embedded references could function as cues related to social status/relationships, pathways or belief systems. At the same time, images specific to a particular culture could "travel", whether as paintings on portable objects like ceramics and panels or as a cultural import in the form of new subjects and motifs decorating architecture. Across a long timeline shaped by inter-cultural traffic and exchange, painted imagery could also "travel" diachronically, fluidly picking up and shedding meaning(s) through changing audiences, different patrons, and new viewing contexts.

In consideration of both of these ideas, the creation of distinctive cultural products and an ongoing mutable "life" through circulation and receptions, these two volumes focus on new insights into the interaction(s) between viewer and the painted surface. Proposed subjects include the relation between patrons, makers, and context; the relevancy of distinctions between fine art and craft for understanding contemporary value and viewer reception; the exchange of ideas and motifs between cultural groups; the influence of various representational media on each other; kinaesthetic address and the effect of painted imagery as experienced through time, movement, and body position; or technical studies that bring the meaning or visual impact of two-dimensional renderings into sharper relief.

Volume 1 will be dedicated to painted works issuing from Greece, the Near East, Egypt, Italy, and Sicily in the years roughly between 3000–100 BCE. Anticipated areas of discussion include, but are not limited to, wall painting in private houses, tombs, palaces, temples; the painted decoration of ceramic vessels; and mosaic as a representational medium closely aligned with evolving trends and techniques in painting.

Dr. Annette Giesecke
Dr. Mark Stansbury O’Donnell
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • ancient painting
  • vase painting
  • ceramics
  • ornament
  • wall painting
  • fresco
  • secco
  • mural
  • decoration
  • pigment
  • Greek
  • Roman
  • Egyptian
  • Near Eastern
  • domestic
  • civic
  • surface
  • iconography

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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