Fresco panel

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 14–62


Findspot: Italy, Campania, near Pompeii, Villa of the Contrada Bottaro

Dimensions

Height x width: 100.5 x 100 cm (39 9/16 x 39 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

25.44

Medium or Technique

Fresco

On View

Classical Roman Gallery (Gallery 213)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Paintings

The panel shows fantastic architecture on black ground. Beneath the coffered ceiling a hexastyle circular building stands on low pediment. Two peacocks perch on scrolls emerging from roof of circular building. The fresco has been executed in the ornate style.

Provenance

1901/1902, excavated by Gennaro Matrone (d. 1927) in a room on the south side of the peristyle of the Contrada Bottaro Villa, about a half-mile south of Pompeii; ownership granted by the Italian State to Gennaro Matrone. October 30, 1924, sold by Prof. U. Marcellini (dealer), Naples, to Brummer Gallery, New York (stock nos. P1429-P1432); 1925, sold by Brummer Gallery to the MFA for $5805 [see note]. (Accession Date: March 5, 1925)

NOTE: MFA accession nos. 25.44 – 25.47 were purchased together for this amount.

Credit Line

Richard Norton Memorial Fund