Saturday, May 25, 2013

Ancient Roman Wall Paintings

This set of paintings is from the superb National Museum of Rome (by the Termini train station).

At the end of the 19th century a luxurious villa of the Augustan period was discovered on the grounds of the Villa Farnesina. Its wall paintings date from between 30 and 20 BC.

Details of this painting below

 

4 comments:

  1. These are magnificent, I'm in awe.

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  2. The pensive woman with the pink shawl is a treasure. What a wonderful sight to see.

    Cheri

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  3. Aren't they splendid, Shelley and Cheri! You will see soon others from the villa that are better preserved but John and I feel that these look almost modern to the 21st century eye.
    Bill

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  4. Gareth thanks for the link. I have seen these in the flesh. Herb and I have been to the museum twice. There are some other magnificent frescoes there. In particular the frescoes from Augustus's wife's villa, beautifully preserved frescoes of a garden.

    John

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