development of acquired knowledge; specific knowledge of the historical and artistic development of the Greek world concerning the first millennium BC acquisition of specific skills on artistic and craft production, monumental achievements and urban planning of the Greek world; ability to collect and interpret data; ability to analyze and read the work of art; development of a methodological competence that allows independent study; ability to communicate information and ideas to specialist and non-specialist interlocutors


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The course is intended to provide the knowledge about the Hellenistic painting in the Mediterranean through the acquisition of methodological instruments useful to understanding the pictorial experience in all its aspects (formal and stylistic, iconographic and technical). Within the course, the forms and contents of painting will be analyzed in their social and political use (painting, theatrical painting, funerary painting, etc.), embedded in the historical and cultural context. Very closely related artistic genres will also be explored, such as the figured floor mosaic and the painted stucco wall systems that developed in this period.

Core Documentation

Main reference texts:
S. Miller Grobel, Hellenistic Painting in the Eastern Mediterranean, Mid-Fourth to Mid-First Century B.C.in The Cambridge History of Painting in the Classical World, edited by J.J. Pollitt, New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2014, 170-237.
Pittura ellenistica in Italia e in Sicilia. Linguaggi e tradizioni, a cura di G.F. la Torre, M. Torelli, Roma 2012.
Segni e colore. Dialoghi sulla pittura tardoclassica ed ellenistica, a cura di M. Harari, S. Paltineri, Roma 2012.
Ricerche di pittura ellenistica : lettura e interpretazione della produzione pittorica dal IV secolo A.C. all’ellenismo, Roma 1985.
H. Brecoulaki, La peinture funéraire de Macédoine. Emplois et fonctions de la couleur IVe-IIe s. av. J.-C. – Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity National Hellenic Research Foundation, Paris : De Boccard, 2006.
Additional material will be available during the course.
Students not attending should contact the lecturer during the consultation times or by e-mail.