Ancient Art History at The Hermitage

For the first time ever, The Hermitage is bringing together art and coins from all periods of Ancient Greece and Rome. At The Hermitage, you can view frescoes of ancient Pompeii and Stabiae that reflect ancient art and living at its finest. You can also view coins that are 2000 years old, mirroring art ideals of our ancestors from Ancient Greece and Rome.2000 years ago, artists within Stabiae would have never believed that their work would one day become an international art exhibit. Stabiae had been one of the most thriving cities in ancient Rome until the might and rage of Mt. Vesuvius buried it in layers of lava. All had seemed lost for nearly 1700 years, until it was miraculously discovered in the 1600s by archaeologists, along with Pompeii and Herculaneum.Until March 30, 2008, you can visit The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, to see some of the most priceless and ancient art uncovered from Vesuvius’ ashes. There are four types of ancient Pompeian art featured: incrustation style, architectural style, Greek style, and compositional perspective. In addition, bronze and stucco reliefs are also displayed in “Otium Ludens”.This show will be the first of its kind to showcase every type of Pompeian style in one location. This exhibit will allow historians and students of ancient art to experience art as it existed over 2000 years ago. Visitors will find it easy to distinguish from the various styles, proving this exhibit wonderfully enlightening and educational. Details have been masterfully restored, and no expense was spared in making each fresco and relief perfectly preserved in full color.While the Pompeian and Stabiae frescoes seemed to be long-lost, ancient coins have always been a well-known fascination throughout history. The Hermitage is also featuring an exhibit called “Gods on Coins: Ancient Greece, Rome, Byzantium”, which features the ancient coins until March 9, 2008. While ancient coins aren’t always considered fine art, the coins are heavily influenced by the art and creative ideals of the times.The coins featured are from every period in Byzantine, Greek and Roman history. Art from all three periods was heavily influenced by legendary deities and religious idealism. You can view a multitude of Athenian gods, draped in regal golds and heroic tributes. You can also see Roman gods – and the included deities of the people they conquered – on the coins. The introduction of Christianity is clear in the evolution of the coins seen at this exhibit as well. Common Roman gods slowly shape into Christian-based ideals of angels, devils and saints. This influence on art persists today.How can you bring home the beauty of the ancient world into your own life everyday? For starters, many of these art styles are prominent in fine arts. A classical piece in any home is a welcome reminder of where many modern art concepts are derived. Classical art is enduring because of its beauty and universal themes. There’s no better way to experience this style than to personalize your next great art piece in memory of the ancients.