26 Mar 2019

Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Glorious Past is Preserved on the Bay of Naples

Both Pompeii and Herculaneum, its neighbor in western Italy, were thriving in 79 AD. With their location on the Bay of Naples, their affluent residents, and their thriving economies, they were showplaces for displays of wealth among the newly rich merchant classes – as well as the nobility who vacationed
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07 Feb 2019

Early Islamic Art

Islamic art, with all of its richness, precise geometry of line, and saturated colors, is united in its origins, but diverse in its applications. Both the time range and geography for its expression is vast, but there are threads that tie together the types of its visual arts. What is
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26 Sep 2018

Calçada Portuguesa – An Outdoor Inspiration

How much does an urban environment affect our daily mood? All of those living in the cities would agree – quite a lot. And if we also agree that a city that is carefully planned, built and embellished influences people in a better way than a chaotic concrete beast, we
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15 Aug 2018

Painting in Stone – Beautiful Examples of Opus Sectile

The art of mosaic is usually understood as the art of small cubes – tesserae, arranged in a particular way. However, mosaic is a much broader term, a method that encompasses several techniques, all of them ancient and specific. One of the mosaic techniques that give the most intriguing results
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21 Jun 2018

Ancient Mosaics And The Animal Kingdom

Since the beginning of art, animals were one of the favorite subjects. We know that the oldest representations of beasts were created about 38 millennia BC, but the fascination humans have had with fauna never waned. Civilizational development brought progress to the world of art, and representations of the animal
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13 Jun 2018

The Lod Mosaic: A Third Century Roman Floor Mosaic

The Lod Mosaic is a late third century-early fourth century Roman floor mosaic that was discovered accidentally during 1996 highway construction near a central city square in Lod, Palestine (nowadays Israel). The mosaic seems to have been made and embedded within a large Roman villa from the Byzantine era. Historians
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