Special Issue "Ancient Mediterranean Painting (vol. 2)"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 February 2019)
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 painted surface. Proposed subjects include the relation between patrons and makers, 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, or the experiential effect of painted imagery with a consideration of time, movement, and body position, as well technical studies that bring the meaning of two-dimensional renderings into sharper relief.
Volume 2 will be focused on painting from roughly 100 BCE to 600 CE in the Mediterranean, starting from the Italic peninsula as a crucible whose interactive elements included Greek and Etruscan, and expanding outward to consider Roman spheres of contact and exchange across Europe, Africa, and the Levant. Anticipated areas of discussion include, but are not limited to, wall painting in domestic and public spaces, tombs, and relationships between across media and functional and geographic boundaries.
Dr. Regina Gee
Dr. Vanessa Rousseau
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- ancient painting
- wall painting