Continuing with my earlier theme of art that inspires me, here is another example from the ancient world. During Egypt's Roman period (c. 30 BCE - 330 CE), many beautiful portraits were made in and around the area of Faiyum. They were mummy portraits, which means that they were attached to mummy wrappings to cover the mummy's head.
One type of art I've always loved is ancient Cycladic figurines. These little marble figures have been found on the Aegean islands of the Cyclades and were created in ancient times. They depict human figures and can be found in most major museums.
We're used to thinking of ancient Greek sculptures as plain white. We look at them and clearly see that they're made of white marble with no other colors whatsoever. But, the truth is exactly the opposite. Learn about how the ancient Greeks and Romans painted their statuary and see what this might have originally looked like.
In his Natural History, The ancient Roman historian Pliny the Elder tells a memorable tale about the world's first painter.
Roman historian Pliny the Elder tells a humorous story about two artists trying to outdo each other with their illusionistic paintings.
Conversation Between Two Hippos pairs the Met's famous mascot, William, with a 1936 adaptation by Carl Walters. As a big William fan, I was so excited to see the two hippos displayed together in the Metropolitan's ancient Egyptian wing.
I was so pleased and flattered when Daily Art asked me to write an article about goddess gifs, a series of prehistoric female statues shaking it. Click through to read my article.
Understand the major ideas and components of classical Roman architecture. What was its context, and what later monuments did it influence?
Ancient or classical Greek architecture formed the basis for so much of Euro-American architecture. Learn about its main forms and ideas.
To be perfectly honest, this is probably the most depressing article I've ever written. In the past few years alone, we've lost so many irreplaceable ancient monuments. However, I felt that this topic was really important to talk about. I just hope things will calm down soon. Cultural Heritage in Peril: Ancient Victims of… Continue reading Cultural Heritage in Peril: Ancient Victims of Modern War in the Middle East – HeadStuff