Fresco panel

Imperial Period
about A.D. 14–62

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


Height: 2.01 m. width: 1.445 m.

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On View

Classical Roman Gallery (Gallery 213)


The Ancient World



This panel comes from the north wall of peristyle of a house south of Pompeii on the ancient shore of the Gulf of Naples. It shows a yellow ground with a deep red lower central portion within architectural frame. The upper, open portion in off-white is seen through a framework structure. In front of the center wall is metallic linked spiral vertical surmounted by a floral ornament.


1901/1902, excavated by Gennaro Matrone (d. 1927) in the peristyle of the Contrada Bottaro Villa, about a half-mile south of Pompeii; ownership granted by the Italian State to Gennaro Matrone. Between October 1925 and March 1926, sold by Prof. U. Marcellini (dealer), Naples, to Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P2577); May 25, 1927, sold by Brummer to William Randolph Hearst (b. 1863 – d. 1951), New York; December 30, 1929, returned by Hearst to Brummer Gallery; 1933, sold by Brummer Gallery to the MFA for $15,115 [see note]. (Accession Date: June 1, 1933)

NOTE: Eleven frescoes (MFA accession nos. 33.496 – 33.506) were purchased by the MFA for this amount. They were part of a lot of 53 frescoes that had been acquired by Brummer Gallery, sold en bloc to Hearst, and were returned before being sold to the MFA.

Credit Line

Ellen Frances Mason Fund