"The Death of Petronius" from "The Last Days of Pompeii" (2001)

"The Death of Petronius" from "The Last Days of Pompeii," 2001
Chromogenic print, 46 5/8 x 94 5/8 inches
Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York

"I want to present this image of the relationship that I had through the eyes and through the guise of nineteenth century academic painting. Because we are dealing with England and France, who invented Rome in a way. They invented Rome to help glorify their own role as great colonial powers with India and Africa and whatever they were colonizing...I’ve always loved [salon painting] anyway. It’s such campy painting."
- Eleanor Antin