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Roman art did not get a start until 500 B. C.

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Blake Currier

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Roman Art
Roman art did not get a start until 500 B. C.
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About 200 B. C. the Romans conquered the Greeks and began copying their art style. During their conquest of Greece, the Romans looted the towns. They brought the art home. They also captured sculptors and brought them to Rome as slaves.

Beginning with the Roman Republic the Romans started making statues that really looked like one particular person. The Romans were far more realistic than the Greeks with their statues. The Greeks tried to build statues to illustrate the "ideal" person. The Romans believed that having a good image of somebody's face kept its ghost happy.

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As the Roman Empire became larger the Britons, Spanish, Carthaginians, Phoenicians, etc. mixed their art styles with the Romans styles to form many different styles throughout the Mediterranean area. Around 200 A. D. the German influence was first seen in the Roman art. At this time the art showed people suffering such as having their head cut off or their insides ripped out.

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The drill was invented making sculpting easier and faster. This gave the art a little different look.

By the 300's A. D. Christianity influence began to show up in Roman art. The artwork had less blood and gore. Some figures were sculpted with the eyes looking towards heaven. At this time the body was less important. Sculptors took less time with the body and at times the body was not in the correct proportions.


Pompeii. House of the Fontana Piccola. Painting to R. of fountain

Secular Buildings

Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in 70 AD,[3] and was completed in 80 AD under his successor and heir Titus.
This piece was created during Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus rule in Rome from 27 B.C. to 68 A.D.
Commodus dressed as Hercules, c. 191 CE, in the late imperial "baroque" style

Period:Flavian or TrajanicDate:ca. A.D. 90–100
Equestrian statue
of Marcus Aurelius
The Sculptor by
Lawrence Alma-Tadema
The Lansdowne Artemis
Rome, Roman, 1st century B.C. or 1st century A.D.
The Hope Athena
Italy, Ostia or Rome, Roman, 2nd century A.D. Roman copy after a Greek Original of the 5th century B.C.
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