Art

/Art

Arch of Septimius Severus – Roman art

By |2018-04-25T08:58:48-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Arch of Septimius Severus. You can see the Roman Senate in the background. Septimius Severus was a Roman emperor about 200 AD who decided to put up a stone triumphal arch in the Roman forum in order to remind people about his military victories over the Parthians east of Rome. In this picture, you can see the Roman Senate House in [...]

Arch of Titus – Ancient Rome

By |2019-01-31T05:43:49-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Arch of Titus, Rome Who built the Arch of Titus? The Roman emperor Domitian built the Arch of Titus at one end of the Roman Forum in the 80s AD. Domitian wanted to remind people about his older brother, the Emperor Titus. Titus was already dead when the arch was built. The Flavian emperors The Roman forum All our Ancient Rome [...]

Arch of Constantine – Roman art

By |2018-04-24T23:48:41-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Arch of Constantine in Rome, with the Colosseum in the background When Constantine killed Maxentius in the battle of the Milvian Bridge, in 312 AD, he marched triumphantly into Rome. After the victory parade was over, Constantine decided he wanted people to remember this victory, and he put up a large stone triumphal arch, like [...]

Ara Pacis – Altar of Peace – Roman art

By |2019-01-29T19:38:41-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

The Ara Pacis - the Altar of Peace. Originally it was outside, but today a roof protects it. Who built the Ara Pacis? When the Roman emperor Augustus took over Rome after the civil wars at the end of the Roman Republic, about 30 BC, he built a Altar of Peace (Ara Pacis in Latin), to show that [...]

Trajan’s Column – Roman art – Dacian Wars

By |2018-04-24T23:44:55-07:00August 28th, 2017|Art, Romans|

Trajan's Column in the Forum of Trajan, in Rome Trajan's column was built just after 100 AD to remind people in Rome about the Roman emperor Trajan's victories in a war in Dacia (DAY-see-ah) (modern Rumania). It stands in Trajan's Forum in Rome, just below Trajan's Markets, and near the old Roman Forum. Scene from Trajan's Column: Roman soldiers [...]

Early Native American art

By |2018-04-07T17:05:25-07:00August 8th, 2017|Art, Native American|

A Woodland period pipe shaped like a dog (from modern Alabama) We don't really have any art from North America in the Paleo-Indian period, before about 8000 BC. Even from the Archaic period (down to about 1000 BC), there isn't anything specifically created as art. Beginning near the end of the Archaic period, though, and then [...]

Cherokee art and Cherokee pottery

By |2018-04-07T17:05:24-07:00August 8th, 2017|Art, Native American|

Swannanona pottery (ca. 1000 BC) Even before Cherokee people first came to the southeast, the Woodland people who were living there were making baskets and pottery. Their earliest pottery looks a lot like baskets and probably came from making clay-linedwaterproof baskets to store things in. Cherokee basket from the 1700s AD When Cherokee people first split off from the Iroquois about 1500 BC and settled [...]

Who was Velazquez? Spanish art history

By |2017-08-04T15:58:00-07:00August 4th, 2017|Art, Modern Europe|

Velazquez (self-portrait), ca. 1650 AD, when he was about fifty years old. Diego Velazquez was one of the best artists of the generation after Rubens. He was born in 1599, in Seville, in southern Spain. He may have been descended from Spanish Jews who had been forced to convert to Catholicism a hundred years earlier. Young [...]

Who was Titian? Renaissance Art

By |2017-08-04T15:50:49-07:00August 4th, 2017|Art, Modern Europe|

Titian's self-portrait of himself in old age The Renaissance painter Titian was born about 1490 AD, near the Italian city of Venice. He was a little younger than other Renaissance artists. When Titian was born, Leonardo da Vinci was middle-aged. Michelangelo was already a teenager, and Raphael was seven years old. Titian's father managed local castles and mines [...]