Located throughout the former Empire, enduring examples of Roman architecture serve to remind us of the wealth, power and influence that Rome spread throughout its domain. Much of the Romans’ architectural mastery is due to their use of concrete. Mixing a dry aggregate with a mortar that would take up water and then harden gave the Romans a range of building materials of great flexibility and strength. Roman concrete is very similar to modern Portland cement. Emperors cemented their reputations with grand public works. Roman architecture is responsible for the first large bridges that have lasted for centuries. Romans were the first to use concrete to build bridges. The largest surviving triumphal arch is the Arch of Constantine, completed in 315 AD to celebrate the Battle of Milvian Bridge. It is 21 meters high. Marble Arch in London was based on it. There are so many historical architectures to see! I’d love to help you plan your trip to Rome so be sure to pick up the phone and call me or send me an email.
“The Italian word for the medium, affresco, is known as ’fresco’ in English. It’s painting done on freshly laid wet plaster with pigments dissolved in lime water. As both dry, they become completely integrated. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In true fresco, the artist must start applying his colors on the wet (or fresco) layer of plaster (known as the intonaco) as soon as it has been prepared and laid on the wall. The colors can thus be absorbed by the wet plaster. When it dries and hardens, the colors become one with plaster. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Technically speaking the plaster doesn’t ’dry.’ Instead, a chemical reaction occurs: calcium carbonate forms when carbon dioxide in the air combines with calcium hydroxide in the wet plaster.”⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀
Read artist iLia Anassov’s creative process on perfecting the art of fresco on the #GettyIris blog: bit.ly/IRISfresco ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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