Styles of Roman Wall Painting

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At the beginning of II century BC, social ambitions of the Roman wall painting middle class influenced the development inlaid style mural painting. Embracing the Hellenistic Greek of the palatial marble interiors, the Romans developed the style of embedding in mural painting, in which the color was applied to the original surface creating an imitation of marble or oak finish. Using wet and dry plaster called “fresh”, this style was to paint realistic perspective illusions windows open that opened outward. From 14 BC to 62 AD, the Roman wall painting mural artists moved away from work in three dimensions and became a two-dimensional plane remembered the ornate style of Egyptian origins. The illusions of painting framed art in thematic groups of three appeared in a large central square bordered on both sides by smaller images. The ornate style of mural painting showed decreasing architectural elements while being replaced by central mythological scenes. From the year 69 BC, Pompeii introduced in style mural painting intricate. This style of painting continued beyond the destruction of Pompeii in 79 BC to the second century AD, spread throughout the Roman wall painting world. Including elements of the first three styles, style intricate objects generated in the mural called “deceive the eye “that seemed almost photographic in detail.

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