Classical Art

Classical Architecture

On this two-hour virtual tour, you will explore Ancient Egypt, Greek and Roman Architecture and the influences these three civilizations had on each other. You will focus on the styles that were shared by looking at temples, theaters, and tombs. Your guide will lead you through the development of design, use of materials, and how structures engage both with creation of space and how the people used them. Conversely, we will also discuss the long arm of Greco-Roman Empire and the effects of imperialism and colonization on architecture in the Mediterranean.

Classical Murals, Mosaics, Frescos

On this two-hour virtual tour, you will explore the italic peninsula by looking at different wall and floor art forms from different time periods, and geographic locations. As you explore frescoes, mosaics and murals you will see how these art forms evolved and learn more about the ancient cultures that created them. You will begin in ancient Pompeii with seeing mosaics from the House of the Tragic Poet, the Zilten Mosaic, the Mosaic at the Borghese Gallery, Rome, Italy, mosaics and murals from the Villa Romana del Casale Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Christ enthroned among the Apostles Apse mosaic from Santa Pudenziana, Sepphoris synagogue mosaics, murals from casa sannitica Herculaneum, The Garden Room Fresco from Palazzo Museum, Rome, Last Judgement in Scrovegni Chapel, The Last Supper in Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan, and selected works from the Sistine Chapel ceiling from the Vatican.

Byzantine Art Tour

Become immersed in a bygone era of Byzantine Art with a two-hour virtual art tour. As the Roman Empire became Christianized, a new type of art began to displace Classical Greco-Roman Art. You will begin by learning about how this provincial style from Eastern provinces began and eventually took over all other art forms in the new Christian Roman Empire. The Classical Art form was dying out. But you will see it was only in the background waiting to be reborn as a reformed eclectic style which eventually helped to rebirth art in the High Middle Ages.
You will see third-century murals from Dura Europus, mosaics, and murals of late Byzantine Churches from Constantinople and Mystras, artworks from the churches of Hagia Sophia and Saint Vitale in Ravenna. There will also be a focus on sculptural and relief work that show elements of Classicism from the pagan Roman Empire with developments in Christian style. You will see examples of the fusion of Christian Art and Roman imperial ideology by viewing mosaics from Ravenna, Sinai, and Thessaloniki. We will delve into the explanation of how iconoclasm interrupted Byzantine art forms with the Arabic and Slavic invasions in the 7th and 8th centuries. Heading into the ninth century, you will see murals, mosaics, illuminated manuscripts, and paintings from this period. You will end your tour with an explanation of how the sacking of Constantinople in 1204 by the Crusaders created both an ending and a prelude for the Renaissance and Mannerism periods.


The virtual tour will be delivered via the video conferencing app Zoom. Listed time of tour is Eastern Time Zone.

How to Join

Your live Zoom link will be emailed to you the morning of your art tour. If you do not see your Zoom link, please contact the organizer for it to be emailed to you.

Legal Disclosure

This is a live art tour. You must join the group at the listed time. The tours are not recorded due to copyright laws.

Cancellation Policy

You may either call or email to cancel or transfer to a new date before the start of the tour. If you ask for a refund you will receive the cost of the tour minus the bank fees.

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