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Ancient Roots of Horror Vacui

Greek and Roman Art

Horror vacui was a common artistic style in ancient Greek and Roman art where every available space on an object or surface was filled with decorative or narrative elements, often arranged in complex patterns. This style was used to create visually stunning works of art that communicated the wealth, power, and sophistication of these civilizations.

Egyptian Art

Egyptian art also utilized horror vacui, seen in the use of hieroglyphics, repetitive patterns such as lotus flowers and papyrus reeds, and other natural motifs. These designs were often used to fill every available space and conveyed important religious and cultural messages.

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