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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 [...]

30 07, 2017

Half-timbered houses – medieval architecture

By |2019-08-02T00:06:41-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

Medieval European houses Half-timbered houses in Toulouse, France In the Middle Ages, many people in northern Europe (northern France, Germany, and England) built their houses in this half-timbered way. This was because wood for building was expensive. Most people couldn't afford to build their whole house out of wood. What is plaster? Roman houses [...]

12 06, 2017

What is straw? History of straw

By |2018-10-04T06:25:57-07:00June 12th, 2017|Crafts, Economy|0 Comments

History of Straw: loose straw in a pile What is straw made of? Straw is the dried stalks of tall grasses like wheat, millet or barley. After people harvested the seeds of these grasses for food, they used the straw for everything from shoes to mattresses to baskets. More about wheat Where does [...]

5 06, 2017

Shang houses and altars – Shang Dynasty China

By |2018-04-18T09:53:25-07:00June 5th, 2017|Architecture, China|0 Comments

The Shang Dynasty city wall around Zhengzhou (thanks to Gary Todd) There was a city wall of rammed earth around the Shang capital at An-yang, and around other cities like Zhengzhou, a little south of An-yang. These were built by piling up dirt and pounding it (probably with stones or wooden mallets) until [...]

4 06, 2017

Zhou Dynasty Architecture – Ancient China

By |2018-04-18T09:54:12-07:00June 4th, 2017|Architecture, China|0 Comments

A fancy roof tile from the Zhou Dynasty By the time of the Zhou Dynasty, about 1100 BC, there seem to have been a lot of big palaces and shrines to people's ancestors. But nothing much is left of any of them for us to look at now. We know from stories and [...]

25 05, 2017

What is marble? History of Art

By |2018-06-15T16:15:43-07:00May 25th, 2017|Architecture, Art, Geology|0 Comments

What is marble? A Cycladic figurine from Ancient Greece in marble What is marble made out of? Marble is metamorphic limestone . That is, marble is a metamorphic rock made out of limestone. (More about metamorphic rocks) And then limestone is a rock made from the shells of billions of tiny sea creatures that died [...]

25 05, 2017

What is limestone? History of Art

By |2018-04-15T11:31:53-07:00May 25th, 2017|Architecture, Art, Geology|0 Comments

A block of limestone Starting with seashells Limestone is a kind of sedimentary stone that is very common all over the world. This kind of stone forms out of the shells of zillions of little tiny sea snails and creatures like that. These snails and stuff lived in the sea, billions of years ago. When [...]

25 05, 2017

What is fresco painting? History of Art

By |2019-06-16T17:07:09-07:00May 25th, 2017|Art, History|0 Comments

Fresco painting from Thera, Greece (about 1600 BC) Why are they called frescos? Fresco is the Italian word for "fresh", and that's because painters do fresco painting on fresh, wet plaster walls. What is plaster? Egyptian painting All our ancient Egypt articles Why paint on wet plaster? That way the colors really sink in [...]