Sunday, 30 September 2012

Inspiration for embroidery

Inspiration for Embroidery?
Believe it or not this is a section of Roman wall painting seen at the British Museum.   It comes from Lullingstone Roman Villa (4th century AD).  The colours are subtle and shaded and while it looks like a naive painting, there is great skill in the way the colours and shapes are balanced.

When I think of Roman wall painting I think of static portraits of doe-eyed gents and ladies staring out of the wall, or of swirling frescoes of dancing people and leaping horses or dolphins and mermaids.  Some of those old Romans obviously felt that was all a bit overpowering and went for a more homely feel.


Noreen said...

Really lovely! I'd never have guessed it is a section of a Roman wall painting.