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Running spirals and meanders – Ancient art history

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

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 [...]

Roman art – Republic – ancient Rome

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

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 [...]

Ara Pacis – Altar of Peace – Roman art

By |2018-04-24T23:47:31+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

The Ara Pacis - the Altar of Peace. Originally it was outside, but today a roof protects it. 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 the fighting was over. Augustus [...]