Fresco panel

Imperial Period
A.D. 14–62

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


Height x width: 190 x 143 cm (74 13/16 x 56 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Painted in the Third or Fourth Style, the fresco has a yellow ground with a deep red lower central portion within an architectural frame. There are vertical and horizontal bands in green; the window opening is off-white. A stalk-like candelabrum, punctuated by leaves and surmounted by a fanciful ornamental wreath, rises vertically in front of the center wall. A framework structure surmounted by finials appears above in the window opening.
The fresco is one of a series that decorated the interior wall of a colonnaded courtyard in the Villa of the Contrada Bottaro near Pompeii.
For sculpture from this villa, see 1980.201-206 and 1981.754.


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