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Warts 'n' All

Treasures of Ancient Rome Episode 1 of 3

Alastair Sooke traces how the Romans during the Republic went from being art thieves and copycats to pioneering a new artistic style - warts 'n' all realism. Roman portraits reveal what the great names from history, men like Julius Caesar and Cicero, actually looked like. Modern-day artists demonstrate the ingenious techniques used to create these true to life masterpieces in marble, bronze and paint.

We can step back into the Roman world thanks to their invention of the documentary-style marble relief and to a volcano called Vesuvius. Sooke explores the remarkable artistic legacy of Pompeii before showing how Rome's first emperor, Augustus, used the power of art to help forge an empire.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 30 Apr 2013 22:55

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterAlastair Sooke
PresenterAlastair Sooke
PresenterAlastair Sooke
WriterAlastair Sooke
WriterAlastair Sooke
WriterAlastair Sooke
Executive ProducerJonty Claypole
Executive ProducerJonty Claypole
Executive ProducerJonty Claypole
ProducerTim Dunn
ProducerTim Dunn
ProducerTim Dunn
DirectorTim Dunn
DirectorTim Dunn
DirectorTim Dunn

BBC TV blog: Alastair Sooke

BBC TV blog: Alastair Sooke

“By its very nature Roman art is eclectic, cosmopolitan and diverse...”

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