Morgan Epperson- Art

Roman art ranged from paintings on plaster to complex mosaics. Many of the paintings were centered on Christianity and displayed Christ, such as the painting of Christ and the Apostles. The majority of Roman paintings were done on walls and plaster. Other materials the Romans may have used are wood and ivory. These style of paintings were mainly done by craftsmen living in private homes or in the countryside. Often, catacomb art featured Old Testament scenes. While they mourned their dead, Christians took comfort in reminders of others from the earlier martyrs. Another piece of famous art work is the Fifth Century book covers. The book covers served as a kind of comic relief from all of the other heavy and emotional paintings of the catacombs. These book covers also integrated Christian symbolism.  An example would be a book cover having a cross in the middle that would serve as Jesus’ sacrifice and the Lamb of God, which would serve as a reminder of what Jesus did for sins. As you can tell, Roman art had a lot of meaning and thought behind each detail. Craftsmen and artist were short in supply in Ancient Rome, and most of the time they were semi-skilled slaves and freedmen. In Ancient Rome, the purchaser of the art work received the credit of the work, even though the craftsmen and artists projects were very long and tedious.


Trentinella, Rosemarie. “Roman Mosaic and Network Glass”. In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. (October 2003)


Adkins, Lesley, and Roy A, Adkins. Ancient Rome. New York: Facts on File, 1994. Print.
Hadas, Moses. Imperial Rome. New York, NY: Time, 1965. Print.

Survivor letter M. Epperson

Virginia Holocaust Museum

2000 East Cary Street

Richmond, VA 23223

September 30, 2012


Dear Jakob Silberstein:

I hope all is well. I am Morgan Epperson, and I am the curator at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, located in Richmond, Virginia. Recently our museum has received many different artifacts and pictures from the time of the Holocaust. I have researched and made some conclusions about the collection we have received. During research I came across the website ( and recognized that you had similarities to your story as shown in some of the items we have received in our collection. ( Also gave us more information about you and your story. We are fascinated with your story and think others who visit the museum will be too.

Many of our photographs have scenes of the gas chambers and other ways of executing that the Nazis used during that time. Not many people have the experience of standing in the gas chamber. The gas chamber could kill many many people at once. In your story, we know that you stood in the chamber waiting to be killed, when an officer asked if any of the men were skilled. You replied that you were an electrician. That moment saved your life and got you out of the gas chamber.

The Virginia Holocaust Museum and I would like to ask for permission to share your story to everyone. Would we be able to display your story and include it in our exhibit? I also have a few questions for you so we could better understand how you felt and the real conditions of what you went through. Did you keep hope throughout the whole camp and did you think you would be one of the few survivors of the Holocaust? Did everyone in your country know the big effect of the Holocaust and how much of an impact on our history it would be? Could you describe the gas chambers? How did you feel while in the chamber? Did you know what the gas chamber was while in it?

Thank you for your time and sharing your story with me, the museum, and everyone that visits us. I hope we can help share the details of the Holocaust and make sure that nothing like the Holocaust ever happens again.




Morgan Epperson


Link to photograph