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Painting in Antiquity

Frescoes in Antiquity
Painted grave stelai in Antiquity

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Pluto in a quadriga
Detail of Pluto in a quadriga from the painted decoration on the throne from the Tomb of Eurydike, circa 340 BC, Vergina, Tomb of Eurydike.

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Pluto in a quadriga
Vergina, circa 340 BC

The art of painting bloomed in the Hellenistic period aided by the presence of great artists (Zeuxis, Nikomachos, Apelles and others).

In a general tendency towards pictorialism even in architecture, named and anonymous artists painted frescoes on the walls of palaces, houses and burial monuments (Vergina, Lefkadia and others), with mythological depictions, historical scenes, subjects from everyday life, still-lifes etc.

Funeral stelai were also painted and set on the graves. The multiplication of shades used combined with chiaroscuro and the attempts to portray a third dimension created a style which served as model for the painting of the Roman era ('Pompeian styles').

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Travelling - Aigai (Vergina)
Amphipolis


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