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Reflecting Antiquity: Modern Glass Inspired By Ancient Rome

The art of the Romans has served as fertile ground for many generations of artisans. Exploring their forms and subjects has been a worthy endeavor, and many careers have been made of interpreting their work, much as the Romans drew on the work of Grecian artisans for centuries. This fascinating online exhibit from the J. Paul Getty Museum looks at the ways in which Roman glass was used as inspiration for glassmakers across Europe in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Created to complement an ongoing exhibit at the Getty Villa, this exhibit allows visitors the opportunity to learn about mosaic glass making techniques, cameo glass, and the glorious world of iridescence. Each section of the exhibit includes a brief narrative paragraph, along with high-quality examples of each glass-making technique. Additional features include videos of the various glass objects as they are being created and a place where visitors can post their own comments.
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Date Issued 2007
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Date of Scout Publication 2007-10-26
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