Ornamental Design: What are Cartouches, Roccoco Design and Flourishes?
Cartouche

Ornamental Design: What are Cartouches, Roccoco Design and Flourishes?

A cartouche is an intricate ornamental frame with a blank centre often flanked by scrolls. Cartouches commonly frame coats of arms, messages and paintings. 
Introducing our top five favourite Greek gods
Ancient Greece

Introducing our top five favourite Greek gods

Read on for an introduction to our top five favourite Greek gods. Learn their Roman names, roles, sacred duties, symbols and more.
Surprising facts reveal what statues really looked like in ancient Greece
Ancient Greece

Surprising facts reveal what statues really looked like in ancient Greece

The ancient Greeks learned the art of sculpture from the Egyptians. Initially, they worked in the Egyptian style, creating figures that copied their rigid poses and forward-facing gaze. The distinctive classical Greek aesthetic emerged over centuries, celebrating freedom of movement, idealised proportions and a sense of harmony and balance.