By Molly Swetnam-Burland
This ebook examines the urge for food for Egyptian and Egyptian-looking paintings in Italy throughout the century following Rome's annexation of Aegyptus as a province. within the early imperial interval, Roman curiosity in Egyptian tradition used to be frequent, as evidenced by way of works starting from the enormous obelisks, delivered to the capital over the Mediterranean Sea by means of the emperors, to in the neighborhood made emulations of Egyptian artifacts present in inner most houses and in temples to Egyptian gods. even though the international visual appeal of those works of art used to be imperative to their allure, this e-book situates them inside of their social, political, and creative contexts in Roman Italy. Swetnam-Burland specializes in what those works intended to their proprietors and their audience of their new settings, by means of exploring proof for the artists who produced them and by way of studying their dating to the modern literature that knowledgeable Roman perceptions of Egyptian background, customs, and myths.