Hérica Valladares is a Romanist, whose approach to the study of antiquity is profoundly interdisciplinary. Her dissertation, "Imago Amoris: The Poetics of Desire in Roman Painting," traces a common language of desire in Roman painting and poetry from ca. 20 B.C.E. to 79 C.E., and demonstrates the possible interpretative associations informing the reception of mythological love scenes in their original architectural contexts. Drawing from her training as a classicist and an art historian, her study emphasizes a common metaphorical language between literary and visual forms of depiction, offering a nuanced reading of first-century poetry and painting and a model for the reception of mythological imagery that does not privilege elite viewers as an ideal audience.
She is also the author of "The Lover as a Model Viewer: Gendered Dynamics in Propertius 1.3," in Gendered Dynamics in Latin Love Poetry (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005); and "Four Women from Stabiae: Enlightenment Aesthetics and the History of Roman Painting," which will appear in Antiquity Recovered: The Legacy of Pompeii and Herculaneum (Getty Publications).