Dr. Lea Cline


About Dr. Lea Cline

Dr. Lea Cline received her Ph.D. in Art History, with a concentration in ancient Roman art and architecture, from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. She has been a Fulbright Fellow, a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome, and, from 2006-2010, a member of the Oplontis Project, producing a comprehensive study of the mosaics and painted pavements discovered in the Imperial villa (“Villa A” of Poppea) at Oplontis, near Pompeii. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art History at Illinois State University.


Still Life with Peaches (left), two dates, a silver tray with prunes, dried figs and dates with a glass of red wine (center), and branch of Peaches, Fourth Style wall painting from Herculaneum, Italy, c. 62-69 C.E., fresco, 14 x 13 1/2 inches (Archaeological Museum, Naples)
Hospitality was key in ancient Rome, and this wall painting shows the gifts that guests may have received.

Still Life with Peaches