Favorite thing: It's almost impossible to believe that wall frescoes survived the burial of ash and lava at the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, but they did and are there for you to see for yourself! Just as some enjoy making their home showplaces today, the people of Pompeii did as well.
The Pompeian Styles are four periods described by the German archaeologist August Mau during the excavation in Pompeii in the 19th century.
The First style was used from the 2nd century B.C. until 80 B.C.. It is characterised by the simulation of marble and the use of vivid colour.
The Second style is an architectural style and it was used since 1st century BC, where walls were decorated with architectural features and trick of the eye compositions. It is characterized by use of relative perspective to create trompe l'oeil in wall paintings. By the end of this style was introduces paintings of landscape which provided a stage for mythological stories, theatrical masks, or decorations. The predominant colours of this style are white, red, yellow, green, and magenta.
The Third style is the ornate style and it was used around 20-10 B.C.. It leaves room for more figurative and colorful decoration, with an overall more ornamental feeling, and often presents great finesse in execution. It obeyed strict rules of symmetry dictated by the central element, dividing the wall into 3 horizontal and 3-5 vertical zones. Delicate motifs of birds or semi-fantastical animals appeared in the background.
The Fourth style revives large-scale narrative painting and panoramic vistas, while retaining the architectural details of the Third Style. The colors warm up once again, and they are used to advantage in the depiction of scenes drawn from mythology.
Favorite thing: Make sure and take the time to go inside the residences and discover all the wonderful frescoes. Like my first pic and favourite inside the house of Octavius Quartio, maybe a mini temple to Gods of fertility and well being. My second pic was taken just nearby there and thought maybe this was a painting of the woman of the house. The third pic was a house near the Teatro Grande.
Here's anothe painting from the House of Venus on the Shell that I liked.
Another house renowned for its rich paintings and one not to be missed next time is the House of Vetti - be warned though many paintings can be explicit in nature
If the art work in Pompeiis of interest to you then check this great website:
Favorite thing: Paintings like the one above were painted directly on the walls and covered the walls in nearly all the houses we saw. Some paintings depict gods and mythical figures, others were sexually explicit and downright bizarre.
On the exedra's pavement in the first peristyle, an enormous mosaic (5.12 X 2.77 m.) picturing the battle of Issos (333 B.C.) between Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia. It is probably the mosaic copy of a famous painting of the Greek painter Philossenos (fourth century B.C.); a million and a half tiles were needed for its execution.
Fondest memory: I took this photo of the excavated original in the Archeological Museum in Naples
Pompeii’s version of Venus.
It's a wall painting with the colours still intact.
I have no need for the decorations back home to last this long, but I wouldn't mind if the painting on my house did last at least a little longer hahaha
The house of the Venus with the Shell is so-called due to this painting on the back wall.
Such vivid colours still after all these years - its so amazing.
This is wall decorations inside a home they dug out.
Wonder what kind of paint they used since it lasted so long. They realy decorated to last....