This course examines the painting of the ancient Roman world, including Britain, western Asia, and north Africa, with special emphasis on Rome and the Campanian towns that were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in August of 79 CE. We will consider the major influences, styles, and themes in Roman painting, but our main focus will be the physical and social contexts in which the paintings were displayed and encountered. We will also look at mosaics, some of which share important points of overlap with painting, and some of which complement the paintings within larger decorative programs. Previous coursework in Classics and/or Art History is strongly recommended.
Here is the website for the Spring 2018 version of the course; an updated version will be available in Fall 2019. This course is joint-listed as CLAR 443 A/ARTH 443 A; the two sections are identical (and meet at the same time and place), so it doesn't matter which one you enroll in. If one section is full, check the other!