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date: 30 September 2020

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This chapter explores representations of images and buildings in the art and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, with emphasis on what they reveal about the self-understanding of artists and architects and the reception of their works. In particular, it considers representations that appear as metapictures within larger images, along with those metapictures’ virtuoso exploitation of illusion and playful allusion. It also examines the practice of representing an image within an image known as mise en abîme, along with its wide range of functions. The chapter provides examples of mise en abîme images, such as those of vases, statues, and buildings found within Roman wall paintings. Finally, it suggests that the images of architecture within the various marble plans of Rome were meant to epitomize authority and order.

Keywords: ancient Greece, ancient Rome, architecture, art, buildings, images, metapictures, mise en abîme, representations, wall paintings

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