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11 09, 2017

Stone Age art from West Asia

By |2017-09-11T23:03:48-07:00September 11th, 2017|Art, West Asia|0 Comments

Building D, Gobekli Tepe. Southern Turkey, about 9000 BC The earliest art known from West Asia is from about 9000 BC, soon after the end of the last Ice Age. It's from Gobekli Tepe, in southern Turkey near the border with Syria. At Gobekli Tepe, hunter-gatherer people built a big stone temple and decorated it with [...]

31 08, 2017

Roman music – ancient Rome

By |2017-08-31T17:13:53-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|0 Comments

Street musicians (Pompeii, before 79 AD) Roman music came from earlier Etruscan, Carthaginian, and Greek music. As with earlier music, nobody knows what Roman music sounded like because there was no way to record it. Rich people owned musicians as slaves, and these musicians played at dinner parties or for entertainment in the evenings. Theater performances had musical accompaniment, and [...]

31 08, 2017

Running spirals and meanders – Ancient art history

By |2018-11-20T09:44:50-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art|2 Comments

The beginning of meanders? An Egyptian pot with spirals (Naqada II, ca. 4000 BC) What is a meander? A meander is a kind of pattern that artists used to decorate the borders or edges of pictures. They're called meanders because "meander" means to wander. So these are lines that wander around before they [...]

31 08, 2017

Roman Imperial art – the Empire

By |2018-04-25T08:58:15-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|0 Comments

Roman soldiers carry a large Jewish menorah in a victory parade on the Arch of Titus. Roman art of the first and second centuries AD pretty much continued the traditions of portraiture and Greek imitations. Roman artists added more use of art as propaganda to show what the emperors wanted people to know or to think. Some examples [...]

31 08, 2017

Roman wall painting – Ancient Rome

By |2019-05-03T10:20:49-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|0 Comments

First Style Roman wall painting (now in the Louvre) Wall painting in ancient Rome There was also a lot of wall painting to decorate the walls of houses during this time. Art historians sometimes divide the wall painting of the first century AD into four different styles. That's because of the many different styles [...]

31 08, 2017

Roman art – Republic – ancient Rome

By |2018-04-15T16:34:28-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|0 Comments

Capitoline wolf: Bronze wolf from early Rome. When the Romans first got rich enough to make good art, about 500 BC, they learned how from the people they traded with: the Etruscans, and the Greeks. But the Etruscans and the Greeks liked to make their statues beautiful. Roman art was more interested in keeping it real. The Romans [...]

31 08, 2017

Etruscan art – Italy before the Romans

By |2019-05-31T18:24:37-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Northern Europe|0 Comments

Etruscan art: Apollo of Veii (ca. 520 BC) Etruscan art and Greek art Etruscan art is in some ways a lot like Greek art of the same time, because the Etruscans admired the Greeks very much and imitated a lot of their art (and bought a lot of art from the Greeks as well). [...]

31 08, 2017

Etruscan pottery – Etruscan art – Italy

By |2019-02-24T20:23:33-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|4 Comments

Etruscan black figure pottery from about 510 BC (Louvre) What was Etruscan pottery like? The Etruscans ruled most of Italy in the 500s and 400s BC. During this time, they were making two kinds of fancy, expensive pottery. (They also made plain pottery for every day.) Who were the Etruscans? Classical Greek pottery [...]

31 08, 2017

Column of Marcus Aurelius – Roman art

By |2019-04-17T13:13:58-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|0 Comments

Column of Marcus Aurelius in Rome Who built the column? Marcus Aurelius' column was actually not built by Marcus Aurelius himself but by his son Commodus, about 180-190 AD. Who was Marcus Aurelius? And his son Commodus? Roman art All our Ancient Rome articles Why did Commodus build it? Commodus wanted to remind people in [...]

31 08, 2017

Roman pottery – Ancient Rome

By |2019-10-09T05:16:06-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|0 Comments

Early Roman pottery: Campanian pottery from southern Italy Roman pottery used molds Roman pottery began with Etruscan-style pottery, but soon developed a tradition of its own. What was Etruscan pottery like? More Ancient Rome articles In general, potters in Italy tended to make their pots all one color. They didn't paint pictures on them the way potters [...]