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In our modern time we can or do look on some "violence" with a form of beauty.
We look at some of the "great" boxers and comment on how graceful and fluent
their moves were. That to watch a quarterback throw a pass and the receiver
evade the tackle a thing of beauty. So, we look at some "violent" type of
sport activities and ignore the violent but focus on the individual actions as
a form of beauty.
Is this taking beauty out of context?
Another way that I help my students understand how art was used in Rome is by
having them create mosaics.
This lesson can be found in the Trajan's Forum section.
The students come to appreciate the amount of time it took to create a mosaic
and for the skill it took to make them as realistic as some were. This also
allows students to experiment with the use of shading, contrast, texture as
well as look at the history associated with it.