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ROMAN ART FORMS
Transcript of ROMAN ART FORMS
An Introduction to Roman Mosaics
Roman mosaics were used as decorations for private homes as well as some public buildings. Roman mosaics are also a clue into their past because they were showing things like clothing, foods, animals, plants, sports, entertainment and A LOT more. Roman mosaics were also very Hellenistic (Greek) and have scenes from Greek Mythology and some sea motifs.
Like all art, Roman sculptures were beautiful and sleek. But unlike the greeks, the Romans used realism in their sculptures,whereas the Greeks used idealism. The Romans also learned from the preferences in the East to create images from stone and bronze.
Throughout time, ancient civilizations have left behind clues as to how their life was. One of those ancient civilizations was the Roman Empire. One of the largest clues from ancient Rome was their art. Roman art has influenced us in the art world for a long time and still continues to. In this presentation we shall show you many different art forms that were common throughout their history.
Like the Greeks, Romans formed their statues from stone, bronze, precious metal, terracotta and glass. The Romans were very Hellenistic with their sculptures, and mimicked them, even though the Romans used more realism. The Romans soon evolved their art styles and grew away from their Etruscan and Greek influences and started to put shadows and light to add even more realism. This was new to the ancient world, especially in statues!
Roman mosaics are very beautiful but a lot lack color. Most of the mosaics did not contain any color except for varying shades of white and black. As time passed in history, the Romans increased in design and even made mosaics of the important figure, Alexander the Great. Actually, one of their most famous mosaics is of Alexander the Great riding Bucephalus attacking Darius III. Another feature of Roman Mosaics is that the Romans used materials like tile, marble, glass, smelto (glass paste), stone, and shells.
By: Lauren Hastings and Meghan Davis
The Differences Between Greek and Roman Art
Mainly made from stucco or fresco, these paintings were usually made for Roman homes and public buildings. They also decorated the walls of temples, tombs and even military structures. With the thorough decoration of buildings, you can assume that paintings were not all as prized as they are today. Paintings were made of many layers of material, making the surface not only rough but hard because of the because of the fresco/stucco behind. Various kinds of things were painted in Rome, like Greek mythology or gladiators contests.
Greek art was supposedly the superior of the two, because of the thought that the Romans copied them. However, Greek art was more
of the ideal look wanted, not the real thing. Roman art was unique in that it used realism; it showed things like warts, wrinkles and
unattractive things. Another thing was that the Romans used Greek Myths in their art a lot, probably because of the fact that their
religion was similar. One of the largest differences though was their architecture. The Romans were the first to use and invent
concrete, made of volcanic ash, water and lime. The Romans had the upper hand because with concrete, they could make buildings
larger and produce more of them.
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Sorry about the lack of pictures in this presentation, a lot of the art back then is inappropriate for school students. We thank you for watching, and we thank you for understanding. Any questions?