Roman Art Essay

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Roman art evolves from the Hellenistic age to its idiosyncratic pinnacle through the exemplified historical events and through the different collage of ambitious people who shaped them. The evolution's progress is teeming with a varietal amount of art pieces hailed from pivotal occurences/happenings in juncture with the late Greeks, the Estruscans, the Judeans and other divergent sources including the Romans themselves. It is in this melting pot infused with assortments (the people, the clash of ideas/cultures and the incidental milestones of events) that was accumulated and displayed - the unique form of Roman art. In the previous module, Professor Soltes mentions a paradigm shift within art in the late B.C centuries. His explanation in the sixth lecture @ 5:15 describes that Hellenic art is taking on a new form in regards to pathos and alienation [within the mega-kingdoms]. Art ditches the archaic age (geometric lines and shapes) and enter a new world of unpredictables and within this unfamiliar time, art will embrace a new style of change and will render artworks that engages the moment [of the respective time period]. Such is notable in The Alexander Mosaic (Battle of Issus) (Soltes, L6, 18:48) in that mosaics are now displaying three-dimensional features instead of two-dimensionals features. New styles of vase paintings are introduced and much can be examined from The Dervani Krater (Soltes, L6, 23:10) where one can notice reliefs sculpted from the vase itself giving it more definition while adopting the sacer and profanus. Relief sculptures are reaching new levels, as noticed in The Laocoon (Soltes, L6, 28:49), one can see a whole new array of criss-crossing lines, tuned body features and most importantly; the viewer themselves can feel one with the figures' pains and anguish or i.e. empathos. As time precedes on, the Hellenistic age will come to an end as

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