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Amanus  

male.

Active in the time of Tiberius (?).

Painter.

Ancient Roman.

Amanus is known from an epitaph from the Via Salaria, and was a slave of the Roman historian Gaius Sallustius Crispus (Sallust).

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1st century, male.

Active in Rome towards the middle of the 1st century BC.

Painter.

Ancient Roman.

According to Pliny, Arellius used his mistresses as models for his depictions of the goddesses: Itaque in pictura ejus scorta numerabantur, 'And so you can count his mistresses in his picture'....

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1st century, male.

Painter.

Ancient Roman.

Pliny relates that Attius Priscus worked under Vespasian, with Cornelius Pinus, on the restoration of the temples of Honor and Virtus. Pliny says that he was 'antiquis similor' (close to the ancients), and thus close to the Classical style. Nothing remains of his work, though his name has been suggested as painter of the ...

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2nd century, male.

Painter.

Ancient Roman.

Diognetus taught painting to the emperor Marcus Aurelius. He was also a philosopher.

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1st century, male.

Active in Rome.

Painter. Portraits.

Ancient Roman.

Dionysius may be of Greek origin.

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3rd century, male.

Born 204, in Syria; died 222, in Rome.

Painter.

Ancient Roman.

Elagabalus, Roman emperor AD 218-222, is thought to have painted a self-portrait dressed as a Syrian priest of the god Elagabalus, from whom he took his name.

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3rd century BC, male.

Painter.

Ancient Roman.

Erigonus, active in 236 BC, is said by Pliny to have started out by grinding colours for Nealces.

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1st century, male.

Active in Rome AD.

Painter.

Ancient Roman.

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4th century, male.

Activec.300 BC.

Painter.

Ancient Roman.

Fabius, a member of the illustrious family of the Fabii, was criticised for dishonouring the family name by becoming a painter - it is thought that the epithet Pictor (the painter) was given to ridicule him. He is cited as the first Roman painter. In 304 BC he decorated the temple of Salus in Rome, probably with a scene showing the battle in which Bibulus defeated the Samnites. These paintings existed until the time of the emperor Claudius when the temple was destroyed by fire. He cannot have been very famous in his time for Pliny seems not to have known of him and makes no mention of him in his writings. An interval of some 150 years was to pass before the advent of the next named Roman painter....

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Felix  

male.

Painter.

Ancient Roman.

Felix, an artist from Pompeii, is attested by a signature on a mosaic in the House of Siricus.

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5th century, male.

Active in 491 BC.

Born in Sicily or Greece.

Sculptor, painter.

Ancient Roman.

Gorgasus, along with Damophilus, completed the decoration of the temple of Ceres in Rome, executing terracotta statues and wall paintings.

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Hadrian  

1st – 2nd century, male.

Born AD 76, in Rome; died AD 138.

Painter, sculptor.

Ancient Roman.

Hadrian, the Roman emperor, was skilled in the arts of painting, sculpture, writing and philosophy. His sculptural works have not survived. The historian Dio Cassius mentions one of his paintings, a ...

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1st century, male.

DiedDied during the reign of Vespasian.

Painter. History painting.

Ancient Roman.

Labeo, mentioned by Pliny, was a moneylender and proconsul of Narbo (Narbonne). He painted small pictures.

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Lala  

1st century BC, female.

Active in Romec.74 BC.

Born in Cyzicus (Asia Minor).

Painter. Portraits.

Ancient Roman.

Lala excelled in portraits of women, painting in encaustic on ivory. Her pictures were preferred to those of Dionysius. Pliny described her as 'perpetua virgo', unmarried her whole life....

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4th century, male.

Active in Rome at the end of the 4th century AD.

Painter.

Ancient Roman.

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Lucius  

1st century, male.

Active around the middle of the 1st century AD.

Painter.

Ancient Roman.

Lucius is only known for an inferior painting in the House of Loreius Tiburtinus at Pompeii signed: Lucius Pinxit (Lucius painted this). It shows Pyramus and Thisbe.

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Ludius  

1st century, male.

Active in Rome AD.

Painter.

Ancient Roman.

Ludius, a contemporary of the emperor Augustus, was (according to Pliny) the first artist to use the fresco technique. He decorated the interior walls of palaces and villas with paintings of landscapes showing gardens, woods, and waterfalls enlivened with graceful figures. He is particularly famous for his paintings for the House of Livia at Prima Porta, showing a luxuriant garden of orange trees, palms and flowerbeds. The whole is arranged with a symmetry that leaves room for a degree of freedom of composition. The botanical details are painted with a precision that is reminiscent of Leonardo da Vinci. By successfully rendering the effects of light on a garden, Ludius creates the illusion of an opening in the room, extending the space into an imaginary garden. This type of painting was to become very popular in the decoration of Roman villas, giving Roman painting a very different character from that of Hellenistic painting....

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2nd century, male.

Painter.

Ancient Roman.

Mallius was a contemporary of the philosopher Macrobius. Cichorius suggests that it was Mallius who painted the triumphal scene for L. Cornelius Scipio in AD 194.

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3rd century, male.

Activec.220 BC.

Painter.

Ancient Roman.

Pacuvius, the tragic poet, took up painting as a hobby as he grew older. He produced a number of works that were seen and admired in the temple of Hercules in the Forum Boarium at Rome, but their style and subject is unknown....

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1st century, male.

Active in Romec.20 BC.

Painter.

Ancient Roman.