Roman Murals


Preparation of an animal sacrifice; marble, fragment of an architectural relief, first quarter of the 2nd century Ad; from Rome, Italy.


Byzantine Mosaics

With the rise of the Byzantine Empire from the 5th century, centred on Byzantium, the art form took on new characteristics. These included Eastern influence in style and the use of special glass tesserae called smalti , manufactured in northern Italy.


Alexander the Great ; July 356 BC - June 10, 323 BC), also known as Alexander III, was an Ancient Greek king of Macedon (336–323 BC). He was one of the most successful military commanders in history, and was undefeated in battle. By his death, he conquered most of the world known to the ancient Greeks.


Frescoes from Pompeii again gladden the  eye

  The frescoes of ancient Pompeii, more than 10 years were on the restoration, re-appear before seen in public bylom glory.


House of the Vettii; Pompeii encaustic painting

    In 79 B.C., the artists of Herculaneum and Pompeii were painting most of their murals with wax.


Ancient Roman painting relies in large part on the preservation of artifacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum, and particularly the Pompeian mural painting, which was preserved after the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.

 The Seven Tondo, a panel painting of the imperial family, circa 200 AD.

                Pliny, Ancient Rome’s most important historian concerning the arts, recorded that nearly all the forms of art sculpture, landscape, portrait painting, even genre painting were advanced Greek times, and in some cases, more advanced than Rome.