Book , Print in English

Roman eyes : visuality & subjectivity in art & text

Jaś Elsner.
  • Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2007.
  • xvii, 350 pages, [8] p. of plates : illustrations(some colored), maps ; 26 cm.
Subjects
Summary
  • "In Roman Eyes, Jas Elsner seeks to understand the multiple ways that art in ancient Rome formulated the very conditions for its own viewing, and as a result was complicit in the construction of subjectivity in the Roman Empire." "Elsner draws upon a wide variety of visual material, from sculpture and wall paintings to coins and terracotta statuettes. He examines the different contexts in which images were used, from the religious to the voyeuristic, from the domestic to the subversive. He reads images alongside and against the rich literary tradition of the Greco-Roman world, including travel writing, prose fiction, satire, poetry, mythology and pilgrimage accounts. The picture that emerges reveals the mindsets Romans had when they viewed art - their preoccupations and theories, their cultural biases and loosely held beliefs."--BOOK JACKET.
Contents
  • 1. Between mimesis and divine power : visuality in the Greco-Roman world
  • 2. Image and ritual : Pausanias and the sacred culture of Greek art
  • 3. Discourses of style : connoisseurship in Pausanias and Lucian
  • 4. Ekphrasis and the gaze : from Roman poetry to domestic wall painting
  • 5. Viewing and creativity : Ovid's Pygmalion as viewer
  • 6. Viewer as image : intimations of Narcissus
  • 7. Viewing and decadence : Petronius' picture gallery
  • 8. Genders of viewing : visualizing women in the casket of projecta
  • 9. Viewing the gods : the origins of the icon in the visual culture of the Roman East
  • 10. Viewing and resistance : art and religion in Dura Europos
  • Epilogue : from Diana via Venus to Isis : viewing the deity with Apuleius.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 303-333) and indexes.
ISBN
  • 9780691096773 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • 0691096775 (cloth : alk. paper)
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2006051366
  • OCLC: 71266643
  • OCLC: 71266643