Auguste Racinet. The Costume History by Françoise Tétart-Vittu.

Racinet's Costume History is an invaluable reference for students, designers, artists, illustrators, and historians; and a rich source of inspiration for anyone with an interest in clothing and style. Originally published in France between 1876 and 1888, Auguste Racinet’s Le Costume historique was in its day the most wide-ranging and incisive study of clothing ever attempted.

Covering the world history of costume, dress, and style from antiquity through to the end of the 19th century, the six volume work remains completely unique in its scope and detail. “Some books just scream out to be bought; this is one of them.” ― Vogue.com

Greek-Roman art. Mosaics, painted bas-reliefs and wall paintings.

Greek-Roman, art, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ornaments, Mosaics, bas-reliefs, wall paintings,
Greek-Roman art. Mosaics, painted bas-reliefs and wall paintings.

GRECO-ROMAN. ART. MOSAICS, PAINTED BAS-RELIEFS, AND MURAL PAINTINGS.

THE use of mosaic is very ancient; its name is derived from the Greek word Μοῦσα, Muse.
“If an invention,” says M. Barre, “is attributed to the Muses collectively, and not to some particular artist, or special divinity of the second rank, if it has never become the theme of the narrations of poets and fabulists, we may be sure that it has. been a common practice from time immemorial, and comprises nothing that could be called a discovery.” Herculanum et Pompéi, by H. Roux and Barre. Paris, Firmin Didot.

It is difficult to determine precisely the periods at which the Greeks, and after them the Romans, passed from the use of simply variegated pavements to mosaics ornamented with figures.
All that we know with any certainty is, that the taste for mosaic pavements was only developed amongst the Greeks under the Asiatic influence of the successors of Alexander.
Relying on a passage in Pliny; it may be safely assumed that mosaics of artificial crystals, used for the imitation of painting, first appeared at Rome about the time of Vespasian.

The specimens contained in our plate may be thus divided: –

  • Nos. 1 to 7, mosaics found at Herculaneum and Pompeii.
  • No.6 from the House of the Faun, and No.7 from the House of Polybius, both at Pompeii.
  • Nos. 8 and 9 represent painted bas-reliefs at Pompeii.
  • Nos. 10 to 20 are taken from panels, friezes, borders and mural paintings.

All these specimens are reproduced from the great works of Zahn and Mazois.

Roman Clothing and Fashion by Alexandra Croom.

In this richly illustrated survey, Alexandra Croom describes the range and style of clothing worn throughout the Western Empire and shows how fashions changed between the first and the sixth centuries.

Note:  Types of urban house in Tuscany. Architecture in Italy. 14th & 15th century.

Source: Polychromatic ornament by Auguste Racinet. London, H. Sotheran and Co., 1877.

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Racinet's Costume History is an invaluable reference for students, designers, artists, illustrators, and historians; and a rich source of inspiration for anyone with an interest in clothing and style. Originally published in France between 1876 and 1888, Auguste Racinet’s Le Costume historique was in its day the most wide-ranging and incisive study of clothing ever attempted.

Covering the world history of costume, dress, and style from antiquity through to the end of the 19th century, the six volume work remains completely unique in its scope and detail. “Some books just scream out to be bought; this is one of them.” ― Vogue.com

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