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  • Roman Holidays: Italian Landscapes Through the Eyes of Russian Artists

    By April 23, 2020

    It is well known that Italy is a motherland of world masterpieces. Renaissance paintings, baroque architecture and Italian opera are the children of Italy. From the first decades of the 18th-century, the Russian emperor, Peter the Great, sent...

  • Venus Vincit Omnia. Venus in Art

    By September 9, 2019

    Venus (also known by her Greek name Aphrodite) is the Goddess of Love. We’ve explored some famous Venus’ here. Next, Velázquez’s portrait put her onto the list of contenders for “Best Bums in Art.” Then there’s a discussion...

  • Bronzed, Beaten And Bleeding: The Boxer At Rest

    By August 4, 2018

    Coming face-to-face with a piece of art you’ve loved for years is a thrilling, exciting and often times overwhelming experience. Such was the case for me on my recent trip to Rome, when I visited the Palazzo Massimo...

  • Ancient Bikini Girls

    By July 16, 2017

    If you ever wondered when the history of bikini began, it started exactly at the same place in history as philosophy, mathematics and art: with the ancient! The Roman mosaics found in Sicily prove that women had been...

  • Erotic Art in Pompeii and Herculaneum (NSFW!)

    By May 9, 2017

    Erotic art in Pompeii and Herculaneum is a phenomenon often omitted by textbooks about ancient history. Those famous Roman cities destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, were discovered with preserved buildings and artifacts in the 18th century....

  • The Lifelike Death Fayum Portraits of Roman Egypt

    By February 28, 2017

    After the defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra by Octavian in 30 BCE, Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire. Romans trickled into their new African territory and assimilated well within the existing culture. That is to...

  • A Woman With A Knife – The Story of Lucretia

    By October 16, 2016

    If you see a woman with a knife on a painting – think Lucretia. Lucretia was an ancient Roman woman whose fate played a vital role in the transition from the Roman Kingdom to the Roman Republic. Her suicide...

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