Guide to Ancient Roman art
Copyright Year: 2019
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The text covers quite a lot considering the parameters of ancient Roman art. There are chapter headings but no index or glossary. read more
The text covers quite a lot considering the parameters of ancient Roman art. There are chapter headings but no index or glossary.
The books seems well edited. The tone is engaging and neutral. The text often asks questions rather than give one answer.
The book relates Ancient Rome to modern day but not specifically enough to appear dated. New research from 2006 is cited so that may eventually seem dated.
Art historical terms are italicized and defined in the text which should help students find words more easily. The spacing seems a bit off after the term.
The text is chronologically arranged and then by media with additional essays in each section delving into further into specific topics.
One could divide the information chronologically or by media. Each essay is short enough to be separated from the whole if a professor wanted to assign just a portion of the material.
The text is easy to follow. There is some repetition on key monuments which is better than trying to cover more Roman art pieces.
Images are excellent and up to date and include several photographs of people next to works to give scale.
There are a couple grammar issues with a non native speaker specialist who is being interviewed.
The authors make strides to connect ancient world to the present, discussing topics from modern conservation to cultural heritage protection. Inclusivity needs further investigation though the authors mention slavery. There is also an essay on a former slave's tomb which discusses the work as a style anomaly but it needs more historical context. Although Ancient Rome was diverse, the art often leaves this out. It is beneficial to address this more.
I am a big fan of Smarthistory so this collection of resources in one text is a fabulous addition to the fabulous online videos and essays.
Table of Contents
- Part I. An introduction to the art of Ancient Rome
- Part II. Ancient Roman Wall Painting
- Part III. Ancient Roman Republic
- Part IV. Ancient Rome: Early Empire
- Part V. Ancient Rome: Middle Empire
- Part VI. Ancient Rome: Late Empire
About the Book
This book contains all of Smarthistory’s content for the Ancient Roman art.
About the Contributors
Ruth Ezra is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University, where she specializes in the art of late-medieval and Renaissance Europe. Upon completion of her BA at Williams College, she studied in the UK on a Marshall Scholarship, earning an MPhil in history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge and an MA in history of art from the Courtauld Institute. A committed educator, Ruth has recently served as a Gallery Lecturer at both the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the National Galleries of Scotland, as well as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard.
Beth Harris is co-founder and executive director of Smarthistory. Previously, she was dean of art and history at Khan Academy and director of digital learning at The Museum of Modern Art, where she started MoMA Courses Online and co-produced educational videos, websites and apps. Before joining MoMA, Beth was Associate Professor of art history and director of distance learning at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she taught both online and in the classroom. She has co-authored, with Dr. Steven Zucker, numerous articles on the future of education and the future of museums, topics she regularly addresses at conferences around the world. She received her Master’s degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and her doctorate in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Steven Zucker is co-founder and executive director of Smarthistory. Previously, Steven was dean of art and history at Khan Academy. He was also chair of history of art and design at Pratt Institute where he strengthened enrollment and lead the renewal of curriculum across the Institute. Before that, he was dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY and chair of their art history department. He has taught at The School of Visual Arts, Hunter College, and at The Museum of Modern Art. Dr. Zucker is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has co-authored, with Dr. Beth Harris, numerous articles on the future of education and the future of museums, topics he regularly addresses at conferences around the world. Dr. Zucker received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.