I continue the stay-at-home travel Art + Roman Architecture + the city of Rome with Yale’s course Roman Architecture https://www.coursera.org/learn/roman-architecture. Introduction. Bathing, Entertainment, and Housing in the Roman City. 1-4.
This lecture is about “Bread and circuses”, this allegoric phrase said by Juvenal, the Roman poet. Pompeii, the Italian city that was buried in volcanic ash following the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE, gives us the sense of what life was like almost 2000 years ago. You can imagine the daily life with bathing, shopping and housing during the eruption of Vesuvius in ancient Roman times.
My painting for this session is about the ancient bakery – an arched brick oven with a view of the millstones in Pompeii. The millstones have square sockets in which wooden beams would have been placed. In fact, all modern ovens still retain the design of those ancient ovens that became a prototype.
If you go to Pompeii, imagine it as an inhabitant of Pompeii, maybe visit a bakery nearby, where you could buy bread, then go to fast-food Thermopolis, an old-aged “McDonalds”, and to a public fountain to take some water. In those days, kitchens, baths and running water were not available in the houses; therefore everything was public including the bath complex, stores and bakeries with paintings on the walls. I don’t know … I still prefer modern comfort, but seeing the beautiful design of public fountains, bakeries, it’s really great to plunge into the past, at least for a short while.
All roads lead to Rome- Alain de Lille
Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.
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Painting – Pompeii Via Provinciale Ripuaria, 53, 80045 Pompei NA, Italy.Roman Architecture. Year of construction-79 BC.
Tools used for my painting Watercolor Cotman sap green and mauve +Van Gogh siena paint), Derwent, Albert Durer and Faber Castell watercolour pencils. Paper Acquarello watercolor Fabriano grana grossa rouch album, 22×30 cm (9 ×12 in.)
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