Why are women sometimes shown as having very pale skin? Why did they apply cosmetics to make their faces whiter? Ask the ancient Egyptians.
Were they descended from survivors of the city of Troy, or perhaps they were Greeks? Did the Romans welcome or exterminate them?
Did the ancient Etruscans invent the angel, later to be used in Christian paintings?
Isn’t it odd to have paintings of gruesome deaths and murder of Trojan captives in your family tomb? A mystery unravelled.
Narrative painting was popular and becoming increasingly sophisticated two millennia ago.
“The Cambridge History of Painting in the Classical World” edited by JJ Pollitt Cambridge, March/April 2015 Hardback, 22.5 […]