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Looking Back to the Golden Age of Greece

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Looking back to the Golden age of Greece:

A procession of the Imperial Family

Unknown artist

Sense of Three dimensionality

The feet are really coming out to the viewer

All portraits- identifiable

These look like children and act like children (unlike greek)

Public Building Projects: Feasts of Engineering and Masterpieces of Propaganda


helps mold opinion in positive way of the roman empire by filling needs of people

PONT-DU-GARD- (bridge of the guarded river) 100 gallon per water per person in Nimes, France

Water created by gravity so it has to be inclined the whole way

3 arcades

Pompeii - the cities of Vesuvius and painting in ancient Rome

Ash buried the town

10/18 feet

imprints of the body, and the art that was there

rediscovered in 18th century

Fresco- wall painted in fresco (The wall is wet - fresh plaster and then painted in water based pigment) - paint begins part of the wall instead of a layer sitting on top of the wall.

Three Zone Division of the Wall - Dado (base) , Central Zone, Narrow horizontal zone at top

Four Pompeian Styles - 1st,2st,3rd,4th

First style- An imitation of Marble

- Trompe I’oeil (trick the eye)

- Walls meant to look like marble/stone

Second style- Creating the illusion of a 3D world

-divided into three zone as always

- dissolved visual look to make it look like it opens to the outside

- made to make the room look bigger

- Cubiculum- bedroom, a little claustrophobic ( therefore, painted this way)

- One point perspective - not very accurate but allows you to create a sense of depth

Third style- The wall is a wall

- Asserting the wall exists

- Monochromatic

- much more decorative than naturalist (not illusionistic either)

Fourth Style- Combining earlier styles

- Busy, Chaotic, Composition

- Elaborated confusion

- Monochromatic panels, paintings that look like its hung, a little 3Dness


Corinthian - the leaf coming out feature is part of this

Composite order - Doric and Iconic mixed


The Colosseum: Symbol of the New Grandeur of Rome

(Roman Imperial art. 27 BCE-200 CE)

- Flavian Dynasty:

Colosseum, also known as The Flavian Amphitheater

50,000 Spectator

relies on concrete

Shell of stone over concrete

A huge number of entries (76) - want to get people in and out of stadiums orderly

Don’t have people from diff classes mixing

Flavian Portraiture: People of alll ages and types

highest classes of statues showing - imitating high fashion from back then

Drilled to create curls

Triumphal arches: Public



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