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Shover, Edna Mann / Art in costume design: practical suggestions for those interested in art, sewing, history and literature
(1920)

Chapter V: Roman,   pp. [59]-71 PDF (3.5 MB)


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                         ROMAN 
           "To the glory that was Greece, 
             And the grandeur tbat was Rome."-Poe. 
    From the Greek age, when art was perfect in its many forms, when 
costumes were extremely refined in color and arrangement, when 
jewels were worn only to make the color of the eyes, hair or flesh tints
more attractive, when art was created and studied for beauty's sake, 
we come to the more gorgeous period, that of the Roman, which is 
distinguished for its profusion of wealth and jewels, richness of color 
and of material. As a magnet draws to it all the small pieces of iron 
within reach, so Rome conquered the countries about her and drew 
their wealth to Italy. 
    The Roman rule continued over two periods of art, Roman and 
Byzantine, these divisions being named for the cities which were 
the home of the Emperors. The Roman marks the age of the pagan 
religion, the Byzantine, the beginning of the Christian Era, the capital
being changed from Rome in 330 A. D. to Byzantium or what is now 
known as Constantinople. Though the art of Byzantium may truly 
be called Roman, since many of the people were of Roman birth and 
all were of the Roman Empire, the character of the costumes and 
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