Book Announcement: Breaking with Convention in Italian Art

Breaking with Convention in Italian Art now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp175, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Breaking with Convention in Italian Art, edited by Julia C. Fischer.

Popularized by the hit television show, the phrase “breaking bad” is defined in urban slang as someone who challenges convention, defies authority, or rejects moral and social norms. Running from 2008 to 2013 on AMC, Breaking Bad featured one of the most unforgettable characters in television history: Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher, husband, and father, who is diagnosed with terminal cancer. For five seasons, fans watched as Walter White tried to secure financial security for his family by using his chemistry skills to manufacture drugs. Throughout the series’ run, Walter White was the epitome of the phrase “breaking bad”, as he broke the law and continually rejected the social mores that he had dutifully followed until his cancer diagnosis.

Spanning the art of ancient Etruria to the twentieth century, the eight chapters here explore the theme of breaking bad from a variety of time periods and artistic media, from Etruscan mirrors and Roman cameos to Baroque portraits and Italian Pop Art. Scholars approach the topic of breaking bad from a number of perspectives, including examining the artist, patronage, reception, propaganda, iconography, methodology, and use.

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All Cambridge Scholars authors and contributors are entitled to a 40% discount on this title, to claim this simply enter the author discount code on the My Order page after adding the book to your basket from the link above. For further information about the author discount, please contact

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About the Editor

Julia C. Fischer is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Lamar University, USA. She received a BA Classics in Art History from Loyola University Chicago, an MA in Classical Archaeology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a PhD in art history from the Ohio State University, USA. Dr Fischer’s research focuses on the iconography, reception, and propaganda of Roman Imperial cameos. She is currently working on Private Propaganda: The Large Imperial Cameos of the Early Roman Empire.

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