The short list of six mulieres, with whom Pliny ends in the book 35 (147-148) the quotations of painters, opens a little insight about the statute of woman-artist in the Greek and Roman world. The list, built on the model of the catalogue of sc. Muse terrene (i.e. the most important poetess), allows even to introduce some considerations in order to the proximity between the pictorial practice — in its technical form of painting on canvas (35, 150) — and the weaving. It also allows to follow a varied track on the connections between figurative and narrative compositions according to the ut pictura poësis clause, still in the dialectic balancing between the expressive power of the images and of the words.
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