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CLAS 556 – Greek and Roman Painting
This course surveys the craft and context of Greek and Roman painting and mosaics, from the Bronze Age Greek palaces to the Archaic and Classical Greek ceramics, to Etruscan tombs and Roman villas. Greeks and Romans lived both privately and publicly in a colorful world with lavishly decorated walls, floors, ceramics, sculpture, and luxury objects. Topics also include professional competition among painters, transfer of technological knowledge, and scientific analysis of pigments. Graduate-level requirements include extensive reading and an in-depth paper.