Dating on tombs of scipios
His feet appear too small, but this may be from injuries to the painting. Much injured — the figure of ^Eneas appears to have pos- sessed much dignity, and the idea of submission to have been well conveyed.
The River-God may recall the attitude of the Theseus. The Romulus is very beautiful, bearing two thin rods or javelins, and clad in the tunic and cloak of Virgil's shepherds, with a hat such as is worn by all classes in Italy to this day.
They may have been in many cases faithfully restored, but it seems often to have been done most unskilfully.
The vaultings seem generally speaking to contain the oldest or least-destroyed work, as may be expected.
All must have been done from studies skilfully made from nature, and the method seems to have been that of so many, if not all, other ancient frescoes ; which has, indeed, in principle been followed to the present time.
The forms were drawn in strong lines, and the principal darks added ; then the half-tints were laid all over the figures, and blended into the darks ; and finally the lights put on in thick colour.
The student will have no difficulty in distinguishing the unmistakeably ancient work of the two or three instances here mentioned, by its Greek grace and dubious or veiled symbolism.
The Via Latina tombs and their beautiful ornaments bring us into a new combination of colour and bas-relief, or, apparently, of bas- relief of high merit, enclosed in coloured frames or spaces, on walls and ceilings.
They only want the gravity and balance of orderly composition. The crucial distinction is that the Christian work ceases to be trivial, and assumes didactic or instruc- tive power at once and for ever : for much good, long unmixed ; but in after time for much evil also. 52) with praise, as endeavouring to check the extravagance of his time by sumptuary laws. When we come to the Doria-Pamphili columbaria and their deco- ration, we are struck by the skilful and beautiful use of landscape and natural subject. There is indeed a Deliverance of Prometheus by Hercules, whom Athene is encouraging to direct his arrow at the vulture, with other figures, and apparently a temple, treated as part of a landscape, with sacrificing figures, and others fishing with rod and line. 47 tioned to their places, and very pleasingly composed, with Pompeian freedom of arrangement, quite free from the crowding of later days. They have relation to the earliest works in the Domitilla and Praetextatus cemeteries, but are superior to them, and few if any Christian works can technically be com- pared with them at all.