Which statement describes a technique that painters during the Pax Romana used to depict figures?

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  • Bit of a trick question.

    That era in Roman art (Emperor Augustus) was best known for its architecture and sculpture, which was heavy influenced by Greek architecture and sculpture.

    In any case, most of the surviving paintings of that era are are wall paintings, the majority of which come from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Rome. Since we have essentially no Classical Greek or Hellenistic wall painting examples, it is difficult to compare the Roman vs. Greek elements.

    I believe it’s generally agreed that the Roman wall paintings did borrow from the Greek styles. Some examples you might try to find online:

    “Peaches and Glass Jar” about 50 AD

    “Scenes of a Dionysiac Mystery Cult”, about 50 BC

    The Odyssey Landscapes

    Many of the earliest wall pairings were imitations of colored marble paneling (the “First Style”)

    The Second, Third and Fourth Styles began to use illusionistic perspective, landscapes, and mythical scenes. Essentially, the “looking through a window” effect.

    The differences and overlapping styles make the differences in the Second – Fourth Styles difficult to distinguish, although it was during the Fourth Style, the most intricate of all, that Mt. Vesuvius erupted (in 79 AD), burying Pompeii and Herculaneum.

    Ok, hope that helps.

  • The Pax Romana (Roman Peace) was a 50 year period in which there were no wars. Modern man hasn’t exceeded that lofty goal in all the years since!

  • Artists added shading to give figures a sense of form.

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