Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Eleanor Winsor Leach, The Social Life of Painting in Ancient Rome and on the Bay of Naples

Leach, Eleanor Winsor (Fellow, 1992-93)

Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

Eleanor Winsor Leach offers a new interpretation of Roman painting as found in domestic spaces of the elite classes of ancient Rome. Leach contends that the painted images reflect the codes of communication embedded in upper class life, such as the theatricality expected of those leading public lives, the self-conscious assimilation of Hellenistic culture among aristocrats, and their ambivalent attitudes towards luxury.


Subjects: Art; History; Painting; Murals; Aristocracy; Ancient Rome; Social History;