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Origins of Landscape Painting in Ancient Rome: The Garden of Livia at Prima Porta with Madeleine Love

Origins of Landscape Painting in Ancient Rome: The Garden of Livia at Prima Porta with Madeleine Love


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Who was Livia Drusilla? What was her influence on Rome at the time of Augustus? Were her works a mythical garden or an actual place? 

Join art historian Madeleine Love on an in-depth discovery of one of the most celebrated iconic landscape murals in Roman art. Explore the meaning behind this intriguing mural and its influence on modern landscape painting. 

In 1598 the ruins of the Nympheum of the Villa Livia at Prima Porta, a Roman Villa dated from 39 BC, were discovered, approximately 8 miles from Rome. It was not until further archaeological excavations were conducted in 1863 - 1864 that these elaborate landscape murals were discovered in underground chambers below the villa. Much speculation surrounds the function of these underground rooms which housed these elaborate frescoes. In this seminar we will look the historical context surrounding these exceptional murals and explore the composition as well as analysis of materials, techniques and symbolism used. We will discuss the mythological and political meanings within the work and why the Livia Fresco is seen as the definitive known example of the second style of Roman painting. 

Finally, we will gain an insight into its influence on the future of fresco and landscape traditions from the Renaissance through to Impressionism. Led by expert art historian and artist Madeleine love, passionate about the origins of painting and ancient fresco, Madeleine in tracing the evolution of hellenic and pre-hellenic fresco wall paintings within the Mediterranean and beyond. As an artist and art historian, her practice is concerned with the exploration of techniques and materials used by ancient and prehistoric cultures which inform her academic research and insight into iconic moments of culture, art, and history.

Madeleine Love is passionate about the origins of painting and the art of ancient fresco. Madeleine specializes in tracing the evolution of fresco within the Mediterranean from early to late antiquity. As an artist and art historian her practice is concerned with the exploration of technique and materials used by ancient and pre historic cultures which inform her research and insight into iconic moments of culture and art history.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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Laurie (Phoenix, US)
Fascinating!

Loved learning about this incredible art - very well presented!

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Sandy (Fishers, US)
Livia at Prima Porta

I visited this room in the Rome museum a few years ago. The lights were distracting, but the images that you went through were very important to me in my research.

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Maruchi Santana (New York, US)
Great presenter!

Madeleine Love is a great enthusiastic presenter. I’m so glad I attended this lecture in preparation to my upcoming trip to Rome! Can’t wait to see the garden of Livia’s frescoes at Palazzo Mazzimo!
Madeleine presentation style including involving our opinion through out the presentation. I liked that listener involvement idea

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Margaret Fearey (Milton, US)

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C. (Boulder, US)
very interesting topic

Ms Love did a very nice job of presenting the beautiful images of these frescos. They are quite amazing and I will try to see them in person if I am in Rome.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
44%
(4)
11%
(1)
22%
(2)
22%
(2)
0%
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L
Laurie (Phoenix, US)
Fascinating!

Loved learning about this incredible art - very well presented!

S
Sandy (Fishers, US)
Livia at Prima Porta

I visited this room in the Rome museum a few years ago. The lights were distracting, but the images that you went through were very important to me in my research.

M
Maruchi Santana (New York, US)
Great presenter!

Madeleine Love is a great enthusiastic presenter. I’m so glad I attended this lecture in preparation to my upcoming trip to Rome! Can’t wait to see the garden of Livia’s frescoes at Palazzo Mazzimo!
Madeleine presentation style including involving our opinion through out the presentation. I liked that listener involvement idea

M
Margaret Fearey (Milton, US)

Guest did not leave comment

C
C. (Boulder, US)
very interesting topic

Ms Love did a very nice job of presenting the beautiful images of these frescos. They are quite amazing and I will try to see them in person if I am in Rome.