| art history
In this section, we survey the art of the ancient world. Specifically, the periods and styles of ancient Greek and Roman art history are featured. From the early Geometric and Archaic periods of Greece to the late Empire in Rome, we examine some of the most intriguing and influential works of architecture, sculpture, vase painting, wall painting, and select decorative arts objects.
Art of Greece
| Greek artists achieved a level of sophistication that is arguably unmatched by any other contemporary civilization in the West - and such was their skill that ancient Greek art still speaks to us today.
Art of Rome
| The ancient Romans absorbed many artistic lessons from their neighbors, the Greeks, and this debt is everywhere evident in Roman art; but the Romans were also great innovators...
Themes in Ancient Art
| We explore some of the influences that shaped ancient Greek and Roman art, and we begin with one of the most popular subjects in ancient art - mythology.
| Definitions of the terms, techniques, and miscellaneous jargon used in describing ancient art are available in the Art Speak section - think of it as your personal art history guide!
| This section features recommended books devoted to the general topics of art and art appreciation, artists, and art history; it also includes reviews of selected art books.
| The bibliography features a list of selected books specifically about ancient Greek and Roman art and art history.