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Home School: Archeologists Unearth Ancient Roman Mosaic Under a Vineyard via My Modern Met

June 7th, 2020 Comments off
Archeologists Unearth Ancient Roman Mosaic Under a Vineyard via My Modern Met

Thanks to Italy’s rich history, if you dig a little bit you’re sure to find something special—even in unexpected places. This was made clear in Verona, where the city has been excavating a privately owned vineyard since the fall. And now, their hard work has paid off as archaeologists have uncovered a pristine mosaic floor dating back to the 1st century CE.

It’s an incredible find in an area that’s long been recognized to house treasures from ancient Rome. In fact, according to local sources, the land was known to sit on top of Roman artifacts since at 19th century. Some mosaics, which are on display in a city museum, were already excavated from the site in the 1960s.

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Home School: The white lie we’ve been told about Roman statues via Vox

April 13th, 2020 Comments off

When you think of the ancient world, you probably picture towering buildings of white marble, adorned with statues also made of white marble. You’re not alone — most people picture the same thing. But we’re all wrong.

Ancient buildings and sculptures were actually really colorful. The Greeks and Romans painted their statues to resemble real bodies, and often gilded them so they shone like gods. So why is seemingly every museum on planet earth full of white marble sculptures?

It’s partly an honest mistake. After the fall of Rome, ancient sculptures were buried or left out in the open air for hundreds of years. By the time the Renaissance began in the 1300s, their paint had faded away. As a result, the artists unearthing, and copying ancient art didn’t realize how colorful it was supposed to be.

But white marble couldn’t have become the norm without some willful ignorance. Even though there was a bunch of evidence that ancient sculpture was painted, artists, art historians and the general public chose to disregard it. Western culture seemed to collectively accept that white marble was simply prettier.

Today, art history is more concerned with accuracy than it is with what might look better. So teams of researchers use a combination of art and science to painstakingly create reconstructions of ancient statues, showing us the true colors of classical antiquity.

A window onto the garden in watercolor, Getty Villa, Malibu, California via Instagram

January 25th, 2020 Comments off

Carved Roman Sarcophagus via My Instagram

June 7th, 2018 Comments off

Carved Roman Sarcophagus via My Instagram

Carved Roman Sarcophagus

The last in this set from the Getty Villa. 
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Burial Portrait via My Instagram

June 6th, 2018 Comments off

Burial Portrait via My Instagram

Burial Portrait

Another one of my favorite pieces at the Getty Villa

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Roman Wall Painting, Getty Villa via My Instagram

May 29th, 2018 Comments off

Roman Wall Painting, Getty Villa via My Instagram

Roman Wall Painting, Getty Villa

One of my favorite pieces at the Getty Villa. Their expressions are priceless and feels very modern. 

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Sculpture Detail via My Instagram

May 24th, 2018 Comments off

Sculpture Detail via My Instagram

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Bronze Sculpture, Getty Villa via My Instagram

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Roman Elephant Carving, Getty Villa via My Instagram

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Roman Sarcophagus via My Instagram

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