Roman Art

Roman Art- 27 B.C.-400A.D.
• Roman civilization dominates
the western world
• Romans excel in the art of
• In painting and sculpture,
Romans often copied or
borrowed from the Greeks)
Roman Art- 27 B.C.-400A.D.
The Flavian Amphitheater or The Colosseum
Rome, Italy
Completed in 80 A.D.
160 feet high
Originally designed for lavish spectacles…esp. battles between
animals and GLADIATORS
50, 000 Romans could be seated inside.
The outer wall is 16 stories, and went all away around and had
polls to support an awning
4 horizontal bands, 3 with arches with Greek style columns, 2nd
a 3rd story arches has statues
Cells below held animals and Gladiators, they would flood the
lower level to stage fake naval battles
Many of the materials have been removed/stolen to use for
other buildings
This is the model for the modern stadium, tickets were required
and doorways numbered.
• It is thought to be a copy of a bronze
• an idealized image of Augustus
• based on the 5th-century BC statue of
the Spear Bearer by a famous Greek
• Greek and Roman artists created
marble and bronze copies of the
famous Greek statues.
Augustus of Prima Porta
1st century BCE
• Since copies in marble lack the strength
of bronze, they required struts or
supports, which were often carved in
the form of tree trunks, figures, or
other kinds of images.