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Roman wall painting – Ancient Rome

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

First Style Roman wall painting (now in the Louvre) There was also a lot of wall painting to decorate the walls of houses during this time. The wall painting of the first century AD is sometimes divided into four different styles, mainly because of the many different styles of wall painting that were found at [...]

Perugino – medieval Italian painter

By |2017-08-01T08:03:49+00:00August 1st, 2017|History|

Perugino's selfie Perugino means "a man from Perugia," and that's where Perugino grew up, in Perugia in northern Italy. It was just at the end of the Middle Ages. Perugino was about the same age as Leonardo da Vinci. The two teenagers probably were apprentices in the same painter's workshop in Florence. But by the time Perugino [...]

Giotto in Florence and Assisi

By |2018-04-15T16:34:28+00:00August 1st, 2017|History|

St. Francis giving away his cloak, from Assisi, Italy, probably by Giotto Giotto was an Italian painter around 1300 AD. Giotto was originally from Florence. He was born about 1265 AD. As a teenager, he may have been a student of the great painter Cimabue. It's possible that he suffered from dwarfism. When Giotto (jee-OTT-oh) grew up, he [...]

Cimabue – Giotto’s teacher – Medieval art

By |2018-04-10T22:50:24+00:00July 31st, 2017|Art, Medieval|

Cimabue's Madonna and Jesus, in Louvre Museum, Paris Cimabue (really Cenno di Pepe, but people call him Cimabue) was born in Florence, Italy, around 1240 AD, in the Middle Ages. Cimabue (chee-MA-boo-ay) worked in and around Florence his whole life. He worked on the mosaics decorating the inside of the baptistry and the cathedral in Florence. Fresco of Jesus, from the [...]

The Duomo in Florence, Italy

By |2018-04-24T09:23:13+00:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Florence Duomo (cathedral) The Republic of Florence started to plan this cathedral in the late 1200s AD, when Dante was growing up, to replace the old cathedral from about 500 AD that was too small and old. They had already replaced their old baptistery, and now they wanted to do the cathedral. (Duomo means "cathedral" in Italian.) The government of Florence raised money to [...]

Minoan and Mycenaean Greek painting

By |2018-04-22T10:38:25+00:00July 2nd, 2017|Art, Greeks|

Dolphin fresco, Knossos, Crete (about 1500 BC) Although people in Northern Europe were doing cave paintings tens of thousands of years earlier, the first paintings from Greece are not until the Late Bronze Age, about 1700 BC. They come from the island of Crete, where the Minoans lived. Minoan people created these paintings [...]

Painting a fresco – Ancient Egypt project

By |2018-04-18T23:33:08+00:00June 10th, 2017|Art, Crafts, Egypt|

Egyptian fresco painting Making your own fresco painting: Start by getting some plaster of Paris at an art store. Then draw out what you're planning on painting on a piece of paper. Mix the plaster powder with water according to the directions on the package, and spread the plaster evenly on a foam [...]

What is fresco painting? History of Art

By |2018-04-21T15:09:35+00:00May 25th, 2017|Art, History|

Fresco painting from Thera, Greece (about 1600 BC) Fresco is the Italian word for "fresh", and that's because painters do fresco painting on fresh, wet plaster walls. That way the colors really sink in to the plaster, and you get a glowing kind of color that is very different from what you would get [...]