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This chapter focuses on the artists of ancient Greece and Rome, with particular emphasis on their social standing and on the problems involved in the reconstruction of their specific contribution. It begins by tracing the history of interest in ancient Greek and Roman artists, from the Renaissance to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It then examines inscriptions and other representations showing artists at work, the social status of Greek and Roman artists such as painters and sculptors in the ancient world, and how they take pride in their craft. It also considers the artists’ practice of affixing their signatures in their works such as vases, along with their wages, their education, and their mobility. The chapter concludes by looking at women artists such as painters and goldsmiths.

Keywords: ancient Greece, ancient Rome, artists, education, inscriptions, mobility, signatures, social status, wages, women artists

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