The Splendor of Roman Wall Painting

The Splendor of Roman Wall Painting

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Visitors to the former residences of wealthy ancient Romans cannot help but be astonished by their grand architecture and enchanting wall paintings, still vibrant with cinnabar reds, golden yellows, and deep greens. The beauty and intricacy of these ancient frescoes are showcased in the sumptuous volume Domus: Wall Painting in the Roman House, published by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2004 and now available in this abridged and affordable edition.

Following an introduction to the Roman domestic ideal that inspired these wall decorations and a discussion of the evolution in painting styles, the author conducts a tour of twenty-eight houses in Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, and the city of Rome. Here are painted scenes—rich with fabulous details of illusionistic architecture, lush gardens, exotic animals, and erotic adventures—impressive in their display of technical mastery and enduring in their visual impact.



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Abridged from the grander (and more expensive) 2004 Domus; wall painting in the Roman house, this lovely, oversized volume (8.75x10.25") surveys the wall painting programs of a rich assortment of Roman houses buried in the eruption of Pompeii. Pappalardo (head of excavations at Herculaneum, among other credentials) offers an introduction to the volume, summarizes the content of the painting programs, and relates the story of each house, describing its layout and the identity of its owners, as these are known. The entry for each house includes a detailed ground plan. The book is very heavily illustrated, with many full-page and two-page color plates, all of the best quality. An excellent bibliography is included, organized by subject. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Visitors to the former residences of wealthy citizens of ancient Rome cannot help but be astonished by their grand architecture and enchanting wall paintings, still vibrant with cinnabar reds, golden yellows, and deep greens. The beauty and intricacy of these ancient frescoes are showcased in the sumptuous volume Domus: Wall Painting in the Roman House, published by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2004 and now available in this abridged and affordable edition.
Following an introduction to the Roman domestic ideal that inspired these wall decorations and a discussion of the evolution in painting styles, the author conducts a tour of twenty-eight houses in Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, and the city of Rome. Here are painted scenes - rich with fabulous details of illusionistic architecture, Irish gardens, exotic animals, and erotic adventures - impressive in their display of technical mastery and enduring in their visual impact.

Oxford University Press
Visitors to the former residences of wealthy ancient Romans cannot help but be astonished by their grand architecture and enchanting wall paintings, still vibrant with cinnabar reds, golden yellows, and deep greens. The beauty and intricacy of these ancient frescoes are showcased in the sumptuous volume Domus: Wall Painting in the Roman House, published by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2004 and now available in this abridged and affordable edition.
Following an introduction to the Roman domestic ideal that inspired these wall decorations and a discussion of the evolution in painting styles, the author conducts a tour of twenty-eight houses in Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, and the city of Rome. Here are painted scenes--rich with fabulous details of illusionistic architecture, lush gardens, exotic animals, and erotic adventures--impressive in their display of technical mastery and enduring in their visual impact.

Publisher: Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, 2009
ISBN: 9780892369584
0892369582
Characteristics: 240 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Mazzoleni, Donatella 1943- Domus

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Oct 29, 2013

More than just a coffee table book, this contains an explanation of the four different styles of Pompeiian wall painting and serious essays about a couple dozen different Roman residences and their murals. These are now conserved in various places, some still in situ, others in museums in Naples, Rome or even New York, so it is wonderful to be able to see them together in one volume. The photography is absolutely wonderful, with stunning details of the paintings in question.

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