Directions for the Curated Exhibition Project:

Students will assume the creative role of curator and produce an exhibition on a theme/topic relating to some aspect of course material. Sample themes/topics include but are certainly not limited to: Places of Worship, Death, Architectural Innovation, Ornament & Jewelry, Roman Wall Painting, Hadrian’s Villa, et al…If selecting a particular theme, the curated exhibit must address at least three cultures covered in the course: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Near East, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Early Christian, Romanesque & Gothic, and Proto Renaissance.

The exhibition must include 7-10 relevant images. Students are expected to visit several different websites to retrieve images (a minimum of three different sites).  The goal of the exhibition is to take a viewer through the theme/topic in a connected and seamless manner. The organization of the exhibition is paramount to the viewer’s experience. Depending on your chosen technology platform, you may envision the exhibit’s physical space/layout. Consider how you present information for the viewer to gain a more formal understanding of the chosen theme/topic. You may for example, choose the obvious chronological ordering, or you may opt for a different flow.

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Roman Wall Painting


The selected theme for this case is Roman Wall Painting. Birolo et al. (2017) depict that the use of the paintings was intended to help in the provision of decoration of the house as well as for the provision of direction for guests. The house as well as painted in such a way that it allowed for the orientation of the public socially. The roman wall paintings have been painted using primary pigments with the wide use of encaustic painting being seen. From this presentation, a viewer will be in a position to learn of the different images from Roman Wall Painting. This includes a description of each of the images and the connection that is found among the different images from the same theme. 


Herculaneum: First Style, painted wall decoration, 2nd Century BC

This is one of the themes that is from the Roman wall painting and is among the first style of wall paintings. The artwork is made up of a rectangular painting that is large and is painted in such a way that it looks like stone or a colored marble. The style that is employed in the work of art was only part of the necessary decorations that were to be made. There were no further narratives made in the decoration but there was a replacement with the second style.

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