Roman art developed from the plainer and less artistic Italic culture. Between 1200 and 1000 BC, the Italic people crossed the Alps from the north and settled on the Italian peninsula. Furthermore, it was strongly influenced by Greek architecture, paintings and sculptures and reached its peak between 0 and 400 AC.
However, in some aspects the Roman art fails to exceed or even reach the quality of its predecessors, often barbarizing arts and crafts.
Other aspects, such as the mural paintings in Pompeii and the exceptional glass blowing skills, show though that the Romans were highly innovative and unrivalled masters in their fields of expertise. In 2014, our gallery was fortunate enough to broker one of the highlights of our assortment of Roman artefacts: the Grave stele of Maximus. After being discovered in the gardens of the Villa Mattei in Trastevere (Rome) in 1510, this stele became part of the antique collection of Cardinal Capri before being on display in the Villa Borghese in Rome for a long time.