Beyond Iconography: Materials, Methods, And Meaning In Ancient Surface Decoration (Selected Papers On Ancient Art And Architecture)

Beyond Iconography: Materials, Methods, And Meaning In Ancient Surface Decoration (Selected Papers On Ancient Art And Architecture)

Beyond Iconography: Materials, Methods, and Meaning in Ancient Surface Decoration (Selected Papers on Ancient Art and Architecture)

This volume presents a spectrum of current research on ancient surface decoration (painting mosaic, and stuccowork/plasterwork) that offers new avenues of exploration and directions of inquiry. The collected essays draw from a wide range of disciplinary frameworks and integrate material analysis, the study of technical characteristics, the investigation of literary and archaeological evidence, and the interpretation and reconstruction of iconographic programs. Geographically, the papers focus on paintings from the Mediterranean world, including examples from the Bronze Age Aegean, the Hellenistic Levant, and Roman Campania and Greece. Exciting work on Classical Maya paintings in Guatemala augment the case studies from the Mediterranean region and provide an important opportunity for cross-cultural comparisons of ancient artistic and cultural practices as well as modern analytical approaches. By offering a wide chronological and geographic panorama, this volumes expands existing research on ancient surface decoration and aims to secure a broad and variable foundation for continued work.

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"This volume has much to recommend it. It brings together new work, bridges the worlds of the archaeologist and the art historian, and is gorgeously produced on high-gloss...

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