A publication on roman painted ceilings

Alix Barbet : Coupoles, voûtes et plafonds peints d’époque romaine. Ier-IVe siècle apr. J.-C., Paris, Hermann, Paris, 2021.

ISBN : 9791037006806
Dimensions : 23.1 x 28.7 cm
Pages : 350
Prix : 64,00 €

The book is available on CAIRN : https://www.cairn.info/coupoles-voutes-et-plafonds-peints-d-epoque-romain–9791037006806.htm

The study of the domes, vaults and painted ceilings of the Roman Empire is an undertaking that takes us from present-day Great Britain to the borders of ancient Mesopotamia, via the countries of Eastern Europe, not forgetting North Africa, as far as Libya and Egypt. More than four hundred decors are studied and photographed, some of which have disappeared, been destroyed or stolen. Of the two hundred and seventy-two sites from which these paintings come, sixty are from Gaul, thus almost a quarter of the sites illustrated with a perspective of Gaul in the space of the Roman world.

We are trying to classify these paintings, which at first imitate the wooden or stone caissons that preceded them, then the draperies, before inventing very varied decorative schemes, close to certain mosaic pavements. Flowerbeds are obviously abundant in the tombs, where they remind us of the annual rose festival dedicated to the deceased. An emperor like Nero added gold to the vaults of his palace, rightly called the Domus Aurea, which inspired Renaissance painters when it was discovered. The link between the past and the present can be read through this investigation.

(translation of the french presentation on the website of the publisher).


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Call for Paper: “Baroque Ceiling Painting: Theory & Praxis”

Baroque Ceiling Painting: Theory & Praxis

Czech Republic, Litomyšl, October 20–22, 2022

The Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Department of Art History of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno and the Studio of Wall Painting Restoration of the Faculty of Restoration, University of Pardubice, are preparing an international scientific Conference devoted to the problems of art theory and practice in the field of wall and ceiling painting of the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe. The Conference is organized within the frame of the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe (BCPCE), with the support of the Czech Academy of Sciences, program Strategy AV21: Cultural Heritage as Part of European and Global Discourse.


Thematic headings

Baroque Ceiling Painting Gets Social and Cultural | social status of the artist, functioning of a workshop, artistic apprenticeship, artist & client, reception of ceiling paintings

II Materiality of the Image | historical materials, techniques and technologies in early modern treatises and monumental paintings

III Norm & Form | formal aspects of ceiling paintings in context of the artistic practice, designs, process, perspective, decoration, projection, colorit, anatomy, models, compositions, etc.

The Conference is opened to art historians, restorers and historians of techniques focused on history of early modern monumental paintings. The proposals of the papers including the title, a short abstract (up to one page), and a short biogram of the author are welcome until April 31, 2022, to: loudova@phil.muni.cz, & madl@udu.cas.cz

Martin Mádl,
Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Michaela Šeferisová Loudová,
Department of Art History, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno

Jan Vojtěchovský,
Faculty of Restoration, University of Pardubice, Litomyšl

CFP in PDF: CFP_BCP_Theory_Praxis_2022

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