Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph

Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph : Art of the Roman Empire, A.D.100-450

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Western culture saw some of the most significant and innovative developments take place during the passage from antiquity to the middle ages. This book investigates the role of the visual arts as both reflections and agents of those changes. It tackles two inter-related periods of internal transformation within the Roman Empire: the phenomenon known as the "Second Sophistic" (c.AD 100-300), two centuries of self-conscious and enthusiastic hellenism; and the era of late antiquity (c.AD 250-450) when the empire underwent a religious conversion to Christianity. Vases, murals, statues and masonry are explored in relation to such issues as power, death, society, acculturation and religion. By examining questions of reception, viewing and the culture of spectacle alongside the more traditional art-historical themes of imperial patronage and stylistic change, Jas Elsner presents a challenging account of the cultural crucible in which many fundamental developments of later European art had their origins.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 165.1 x 241.3 x 27.94mm | 771.1g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 68 colour halftones, 79 b&w illustrations, 16 plans and diagrams, 3 maps, bibliography, index
  • 019284265X
  • 9780192842657

Table of contents

Preface. Chapter 1. Introduction. Part 1: Images and Power. Chapter 2. A Visual Culture. Chapter 3. Art and Imperial Power. Part II: Images and Society. Chapter 4. Art and Social Life;. Chapter 5. Centre and Periphery. Chapter 6. Art and Death. Part III: Images and Transformation. Chapter 7. Art and the Past: Antiquarian Eclecticism. Chapter 8. Art and Religion. Epilogue; Chapter 9. Art and Culture: Cost, Value, and the Discourse of Art. Afterword: Some Futures of Christian Art. Notes, List of Illustrations, Bibliographic Essay, Timeline, Index
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About Jas Elsner

J. R. Elsner is Lecturer in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute, London.
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