Nathaniel Jones

Nathaniel Jones

Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology (On Leave, Fall 2021-Spring 2022)
PhD Yale University
research interests:
  • artistic production, art theory, and social practice in the ancient world

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1189
    One Brookings Dr.
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Nathaniel Jones studied Classics and Art History at Grinnell College and received his Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University.

His primary research focuses on the intersections of artistic production, art theory, and social practice in the ancient world. His first book explores the representation of panel painting within Roman mural ensembles of the first centuries BCE and CE, arguing that such depictions functioned as meta-pictorial reflections on the  ethical and aesthetic value of art in the Roman world. A second book project seeks to examine the intertwined temporal and spatial aspects of Roman art in a variety of media, from the Late Republic to Late Antiquity. Further areas of research interest include ancient collecting practices, ancient perspective, repetition and replication in ancient art, the development of Greek and Roman art-historical thought, connoisseurship, and the reception of the classical world. 

Selected Publications


Painting, Ethics, and Aesthetics in Rome. Greek Culture in the Roman World. Cambridge University Press. 2019.

Articles and Book Chapters

With Sara Ryu, “Distance and Proximity in Hubert Robert,” Classical Receptions Journal 11 (2019): 476-507.

"Truth from Fiction: Connoisseurship in Greco-Roman Antiquity." RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics 71/72 (2019): 229-240.

“Exemplarity and Encyclopedism at the Tomb of Eurysaces.” Classical Antiquity 37 (2018): 63-107.

"Starting from Places: Continuous Narration and Discontinuous Perspectives in Roman Art."The Art Bulletin 100 (2018): 7-35.

"Phantasms and Metonyms: The Limits of Representation in Fifth-Century Athens." Art History: The Journal of the Association of Art Historians 38 (2015): 814-837.

"Temple inventory and fictive picture gallery: ancient painting between votive offering and artwork." in Museum Archetypes and Collecting in the Ancient World. Monumenta Graeca et Romana, 21. ed.M. Gahtan and D. Pegazzano. (Leiden: Brill, 2015) 118-128.

"Ancient Painted Panels: Terminology and Appearance." Mnemosyne: A Journal of Classical Studies 67 (2014): 295-304.

Recent Courses

Myths and Monuments of Antiquity
Greek Art and Archaeology
Roman Art and Archaeology
Greek and Roman Painting
The Age of Augustus: Rome from Republic to Empire
Pictorial Illusion in the Ancient Mediterranean
Stories in Stone: Visual Narratives in the Ancient World
Greek Art in Rome: Discourse, Dedication, and Reflection
The Invention of the Image: From Classical Art History to Modern Visual Studies
Art and Death in Ancient Rome