03 April 2010

Book: Roman wall-painting

Title: The False-Door: dissolution and becoming in Roman wall-painting
Author: Maurice Owen
Year: 2010
Download: http://creadm.solent.ac.uk/... (html)

It examines the impact that the discovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum had on the modern world - from Neoclassicism to Disaster movies and unpacks the numerous modern filters through which we view this period in antiquity. It also puts forward new theories concerning the reasons why Pompeian artists, in 50 BC, used highly sophisticated forms of linear perspective, 1400 years before it was ‘invented’, in order to create 3-dimensional, domestically located, virtual reality environments. The thesis proposes that the wall-paintings were designed to psychologically transport the viewer to divine and ancestral worlds. This approach challenges the previous 250 years of discourse that defines them in purely decorative terms.

Table of contents:

Back to the Present
The Neoclassicism of Pompeii
Tourism, Romanticism and Pompeii
Roman Wall-Painting and Film Culture
Approaching the Wall-Paintings
The House as Sanctuary
Worshiping the House
Wall-painting and the House as Sanctuary
False - Doors

Source: As announced by its author at http://www.arts-humanities.net/...


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