Description 15x11 WatercolorThe House of Crescentius, near the temple of Fortuna Virilis, Rome is an early essay in a classical revival.Crescentius the Elder was a politician and aristocrat in Rome who played a part in the papal appointment. At the beginning of the tenth century, the family was represented by Theophylact I, Count of Tusculum, vestararius or high dignitary of the papal palace and the pontifical government, by his wife Theodora, and their two daughters Marozia and Theodora. Theophylact had the titles of Consul and Senator of the Romans. Crescentius was a descendant of this family, being a grandson of Theophylact's daughter Theodora.The building was built between 1040 and 1065, as a mixture of medieval palace and tower with bricks. It made up of heterogeneous fragments of ancient marble sculptures and baroque half-columns and brick pillars threw together. The structure incorporates numerous architectural elements of ancient Roman buildings, including the walls, probably remains of a Byzantine bath.
Lisa Lu, State of Washington Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement Lisa first started painting with color pencils at the age of 10, and she has always loved to paint ever since; it allows her to express feelings with a peaceful mind. Self-taught and self-developed in watercolor and ink painting, each of Lisa's painting is a journey to adventure. Lisa presently resides with her husband and their son in the State of Washington. She is a licensed architect, and currently works in an architecture firm, while continuing self study and painting on architecture and landscape subjects in watercolors.