Roman Art Sculpture Paintings Mosaics and Antiquities - Pictures Images and Photos { 3644 images } Created 3 Jul 2021

Pictures & images of Roman art: sculpture, statues, fresco, paintings and mosaics. The study of Roman art is complicated as it is built upon the foundations of earlier Ancient Greek art. Many of the Roman statues we see today are copies of earlier ancient Greek bronze statues now lost to us. The most common Roman art that has survived is sculpture and mosaic. Roman paintings are rare due to the fragility of paint but fine examples of later Roman frescoes were excavated for Pompeii and Herculaneum. The one area that the Romans excelled over the earlier Ancient Greeks was in portraiture. There are incredible portrait busts of Romans that aim for extreme realism including warts and all. Lines and wrinkles are lovingly carved into faces to produce a realism that was missing from earlier artworks. Some of the most endearing portraits are the Fayum mummy panels that were attached to Roman mummies in Egypt. The startling realism of these panels demonstrates a high level of artistic craftsmanship of Roma artists.

The subject matter of Roman art that we see today can be broken down into: peoples portraits, mythology and gods and the Emperors. Sculpture, fresco and mosaic all felt with Roman mythology and gods. As the Romans adopted earlier Greek myths and gods many of the sculpture designs were copies of known earlier Greek designs. The copies were so faithful that, where they exist, they are indistinguishable from the Greek originals. Augustus was the first Roman Emperor to standardise his depiction throughout the Roman Empire. This was allowed him to be depicted in controlled statue designs as both a pious priest and a strong leader. After Augustus Emperors increasingly depicted themselves as gods like Apollo to help give them a divine status. Greek and Roman mythology is incredibly rich with well formed characters and stories that lend themselves as subject for sculpture as well as mosaic and fresco. Many of the so called erotic frescoes from Pompeii were in fact moral tales form Roman mythology that would have been viewed by Romans in a completely different light from the horrified enlightenment men who uncovered them. Unlike Christian saints Greco Roman gods and mythical characters have the same appetites and needs as humans and many myths are erotic in nature. The Roman elites homes would have been visually very rich. The floors were covered with highly detailed mosaic scenes and the walls were painted with trompe-l’œil backgrounds into which were set small painted panels. A room held bust portraits of the ancestors and cult figurines of gods and goddesses would have been found in other parts of a Roman villa. Download pictures as Royalty Free photos or buy as photo art prints on line.

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