Penelope Davies F'07

Penelope  Davies
Associate Professor
Art & Art History
University of Texas at Austin

ACLS Fellowship Program 2007
Associate Professor
Art and Art History
University of Texas at Austin
Art and Persuasion in Republican Rome

This proposal is to finish a book on the public art of Republican Rome. It has two aims: to explore the intersection of visual culture and politics from post-regal times to the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE; and to trace urban and artistic developments, with an assessment of technological advances and social contexts for change. It argues for a sophisticated and ideological exploitation of early Roman art by politicians. Its premise is that the governmental system exerted a profound effect upon artistic and architectural production, deliberately preventing the kinds of blanket urban intervention that kings and emperors could achieve, while implicitly encouraging experimentation and innovation.