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"From the 7th to the 3d cent. B.C., Etruscan art flourished throughout central Italy, including Latium and Rome. It was strongly influenced by the early art of Greece, although it lacked the basic sense of rational order and structural composition of the Greek models. The influence of native Italic and Middle Eastern art was also strongly felt, particularly during the archaic period (before c.400 B.C.)."
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Roman Portrait Sculpture: Republican through Constantinian
In the Republic, public sculpture included honorific portrait statues of political officials or military commanders erected by the order of their peers in the Senate.
Official imperial portrait types were principally displayed in sebasteia, or temples of the imperial cult, and were carefully designed to project specific ideas about the emperor, his family, and his authority.Ancient Roman Art & Artists [New Window]
"The earliest Roman art is generally associated with the overthrow of the Etruscan kings and the establishment of the Republic in 509 BC."
"Roman art is traditionally divided into two main periods, art of the Republic and art of the Roman Empire (from 27 BC on), with subdivisions corresponding to the major emperors or imperial dynasties."
A large page with graphics and descriptions including; LEONARDO DI VINCI, SACRED GEOMETRY, MICHAELANGELO, Sandro Botticelli, RAFFAELLO SANZIO, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Tintoretto, Titian 1485-1576 and Giotto di Bondone 1267 - 1337.Click on Art or Art Work at end of descriptions to view art of individuals.
"An alternate chronology of ancient Roman art - one that is a bit more complex than a division into Republic, Early Empire, and Late Empire - follows. It is based on periods named after the emperor ruling at the time. And if you are interested in seeing what an emperor looked like, then follow the link on a name - it leads to a portrait of that ruler."
"For a long time, Roman art was somewhat overshadowed by the art of ancient Greece. It was only in about 1900 that a search began for ancient Roman art and architecture. The foundations of Roman imagery were laid in the early days of the Empire under Emperor Augustus. The imperial court and the imperial family were role models for artistic style, taste and fashion..."
"Roman art includes the visual arts produced in Ancient Rome, and in the territories of the Roman empire. Major forms of Roman art are architecture, painting, sculpture and mosaic work. Metal-work, coin-die and gem engraving, ivory carvings, figurine glass, pottery, and book illustrations are considered to be 'minor' forms of Roman artwork."
One of the largest hoards of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain has been officially declared 'treasure' today.
Amateur metal detecting enthusiast Keith Bennett discovered a total of 1,141 Roman denarii, or silver coins, in a field last July.
The coins, stashed in a clay urn and buried around four feet underground, date from between 206 BC and 195 BC.