Diana E. E. Kleiner
Diana E. E. Kleiner (1947–2023) was the Dunham Professor of History of Art and Classics Emerita at Yale University.
Kleiner, Diana E. E.
Kleiner, Diana E. E.
United States of America
Subscribed to the newsletter
Send me site notifications emails
Description: I, Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome
By contemporary standards, Roman women were not liberated; they could not vote or hold public office. Nonetheless, unlike their earlier Greek counterparts, they played an active role in public and private life. Roman women could own property, inherit estates, and run family businesses. They were largely responsible for the education of their children, both male and female, who sometimes rose to...
PublisherYale University Art Gallery
Related print edition pages: pp.28-41
Description: I, Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome
I, Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome focuses on Roman women, their multifaceted lives, and their significant contribution to Roman society and western civilization. It explores the public and private lives of these women as revealed through the visual culture of Roman art. While historians have examined surviving written sources for the evidence of Roman...
PublisherYale University Art Gallery
Related print edition pages: pp.11-13
Description: I, Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome
From its inception, I, Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome has been a magical collaboration. It came from our dream to mount an exhibition on Roman women that would be visually exciting, contextually rich, and seminal to our understanding of the major impact Roman women had on their world and on western civilization. Inspired by our joint effort to augment...
PublisherYale University Art Gallery
Description: I, Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome
I, Claudia is a comprehensive study of the lives of Roman women as revealed in Roman art. It concentrates on the evidence provided by portraits, reliefs, wall-paintings, architecture and decorative arts. The catalogue entries describe more than 180 works, and seven essays discuss gender theory, portraits of empresses and princesses, the portrayal of women as goddesses and women's roles in society, the home, literature and artistic patronage.

The book was published on the occasion of "I, Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome," an exhibition organized and circulated by the Yale University Art Gallery. Many black-and-white images in the print version have been replaced by color illustrations in this digital edition.

*This eBook is available exclusively on the A&AePortal.*
Print publication date September 1996 (out of print)
Print ISBN 9780894670756
EISBN 9780300278064
Illustrations 278
Print Status out of print
Description: Roman Sculpture
Roman sculpture was an integral part of Roman life, and the Romans placed statues and reliefs in their fora, basilicas, temples, and public baths, as well as in their houses, villas, gardens, and tombs. In this classic book—featuring some new color images taken by the author—Diana E. E. Kleiner discusses all the major public and private monuments in Rome, as well as many less well known monuments in the capital and elsewhere in the empire. She examines art commissioned by the imperial elite and by private patrons, including freedmen and slaves, and she also highlights monuments honoring women and children. Kleiner demonstrates that the social, ethnic, and geographical diversity of Roman patronage led to an art that was eclectic and characterized by varying styles, often tied to the social status of the patron. She also examines the interrelations between works produced for different kinds of patrons.

Kleiner begins with a long thematic introduction that describes Rome and its empire, characterizes patrons from the capital and the provinces, discusses the position of the artist in Roman society and the materials he used, and presents a history of the study of Roman art. The remaining chapters constitute a chronological examination of Roman sculpture from the foundation of Rome in 753 B.C. to the transfer of the capital to Constantinople in A.D. 330. In each period the monuments are divided by type, for example, portraiture, state relief sculpture, the art of freedmen, and provincial art. Throughout, Kleiner treats Roman sculpture in its cultural, political, and social contexts and, wherever possible, as an element of the architectural complex in which it was set.

*This eBook is available exclusively on the A&AePortal.*
Print publication date November 1992 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300046311
EISBN 9780300250985
Illustrations 421
Print Status in print