Masks Of Rome

Many different cultures used masks. I chose Rome because I have been interested about their civilization.

The roman masks were large and portrayed exaggerated expressions that could be seen from the very back of the theater which allowed the audience to tell how the character was feeling. The mask amplified the actor’s voice allowing the entire audience to hear them. The masks showed different emotions to the audience so they can tell if the character is tired, sad, upset, or scared. Tragic masks show mournful or pained expressions. The comical masks show the actor smiling or leering. Over time comedic masks became extremely exaggerated. Masks allowed the actors to be able to play multiple parts and roles. The masks could be personalized for every character. Status and the actor’s character were easily conveyed. The masks were often color coded brown for men and white for women.

4 Roman masks


Ancient Rome is located in Italy. Masks were used in this country during performances in big amphitheater.  An amphitheater is a large theater designed so the speaker can be heard all the way in the last seat. . Roman masks look human but not human at the same time. The masks are very abstracted such as the eyes and the mouths. They show what the actors emotion is supposed to be. As you can see in the pictures of the masks the emotions are easy to see. The masks were usually made of cheaper materials such as linen or cork. These masks are of people in different emotions. These masks do not have very much color but are still very expressive because of their exaggerated features.

I chose to research Roman masks because I have always been interested in Rome and their culture. I really like these masks. I believe that they are very expressive and show each emotion well. I think it would be very entertaining to watch people perform with these masks on. I have gotten some inspiration on how I am going to make my own mask.






Works Cited:

Unknown. “Theater Costumes.” Theater Costumes. Unknown, 2009. Web. 20 May 2013.

Unknown. “Roman Masks.” Roman Masks. Tribunes and Triumphs, 2008. Web. 20 May 2013.

The Abstract Human Final Reflection

Abstract Sculplture image 1Final Design Snapshot_20130507_1Sculpture


The objectives of this assignment was to make an abstract sculpture of one of our passions. We had to emphasize, exaggerate, and abstract our sculptures to symbolize one of our passions. While making this sculpture I used many tools. I used clay, slip (wet clay for attaching), water. In my sculpture I exaggerated the stomach, and the mouth. I exaggerated these features because they are what are used a lot while eating. I abstracted pretty much everything on this sculpture. I emphasized the stomach and the mouth the most. I emphasized  abstracted and exaggerated these parts because they have to do with my passion which was eating. I believe I was successful in meeting the objectives because I emphasized, exaggerated, and abstracted different features on my sculpture. One challenge I had was attaching the head because the mouth kept on collapsing. Also, the arms because they kept sliding off. I believe I could have made my sculpture smoother and make it look better. I mainly received positive feedback but one thing someone suggested was to make it smoother and more round an the edges. Something I would do differently is I would start by making the stomach more attached to the body because at first it wasn’t and I had to keep putting more clay to attach it. Also I would make the sculpture smoother. Something I changed from the design to the actual sculpture was I did not make feet which I believe made it look better.

Abstraction, Exaggeration, and Emphasis

Venus of Lespugue, c. 23,000 BCE. Mammoth ivory, approximately 15.24 cm high. Found near the village of Lespugue, in France.

This figure is called The Venus of Lespugue. It was found near the village of Lespugue, in France. This Venus is made of Mammoth Ivory. It was made in 23,000 BCE. Abstraction and emphasis is used in this Venus. The hips, the breasts, and the thighs are exaggerated. Emphasis and exaggeration is used to make your eye look and the big features of the Venus. I believe the artist exaggerated these features because they are needed to have a baby and reproduce. I think it is because reproduction is very important in their culture.

Venus of Lespugue, c. 23,000 BCE. Mammoth ivory, approximately 15.24 cm high. Found near the village of Lespugue, in France.

Miss Beatrice Townsend. John Sargent

This is a painting made by John Sargent. It is an oil on canvas. It is from 1882. In this painting there is no abstraction, exaggeration or emphasis. They are not used because this painting is extremely realistic and nothing is changed.

Sargent, John. Miss Beatrice Townsend. 1887  Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. Oil on Canvas

These to works of art are similar and different. One difference is the Venus of Lespugue has lots of exaggeration in specific areas. The painting has no exaggeration what so ever. Another difference is the time periods. The Venus was made in 23,000 BCE. While the Miss Beatrice Townsend was made in 1887.  A similarity is that both of these artworks were made by humans using their talents. Also, both of these pieces are of humans not other animals.

How Art Made The World (Venus of Willendorf)

The Venus of Willendorf is a small exaggerated figure made by nomads in Austria. She is around 25,000 years old and was found in the mud in Austria. I believe certain parts of her body were exaggerated to show fertility. I believe they showed this because when being a nomad many of the travelers get old and pass away. So they need women to reproduce their packs so they do not die out. That is why I believe they exaggerated her sex organs to show that they need a women to be fertile for them to survive. I believe the arms are smaller because they are less important. I believe he was trying to compare a chick to a human. When a chick sees the three red stripes they are excited. I believe that he was trying to explain that humans are similar. Maybe our ancestors believed normal life like figures were boring so they made them more interesting by exaggerating different things. I believe they show images of unrealistic bodies to show important things on the body. Such as the Venus her sex organs are larger to show that the nomads need to reproduce. Also, in ancient Egypt they show the entire human in its fullness to show everything is important. Art and culture effect each other because without culture there would be no art. Art takes after a persons culture. Such as the Venus the nomads culture was to not have a specific home therefore they needed to reproduce to keep the group alive. Also, in ancient Egypt the Egyptians culture was

How Art Made the World. Perf. Nigel Spivey, David Attenborough. BBC Video, 2006. DVD.

Final Sculpture Design

Abstract Sculplture image 1

I chose this drawing because I believe it symbolizes me. It symbolizes me because I like to eat and I couldn’t survive without eating. I exaggerated his mouth and stomach because these are the two main things that come to mind when you think of eating. You start eating in your mouth and it ends up in your stomach.


Side view final design