Frescoes, Pompeii

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  • 2nd style fresco, House of Mysteries, Pompeii
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    Things to Look For: The 4 Styles of Wall Paintings

    by goodfish Updated Nov 21, 2011

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    The people of Pompeii decorated the interior walls of their homes with colorful frescos much like we do with paint, wallpaper and artwork, In the late 19th century, German archeologist August Mau identified four distinct styles of wall painting that help identify the time periods in which they were created. From earliest to latest, they are:

    First style/Incrustation: Comprised of panels of brilliant color dividing walls into sections, and finishes simulating marble or wood

    Second Style/Architectural: Primarily what we call trompe l'oeil; flat images that, with the clever use of perspective, trick the eye into thinking it's seeing a dimensional object. This helped visually extend a windowless room and make it feel less closed in. Walls painted in this style were normally divided, horizontally, into thirds with the center strip being the largest. The images could be landcapes, still lifes, mythological scenes or architectural elements.

    Third Style/Ornamental: Characterized by mirrored symmetry and detailed objects, figures and scenes painted to decorate, versus disguise, the wall. Some of these images were painted with frames for a gallery effect.

    Fourth Style/illusionist: Sort of a busy combination of all of the above, a wall could be divided into multiple sections with "framed" paintings in some and fanciful, dimensional scenes in others.

    Some of the frescos have been removed to the museum in Naples for preservation, and many of the houses with the best paintings were closed to the public when we were there but you should still find a fair number, in situ, of all 4 of the styles.

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    The Freaks of Pompeii!!!

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 12, 2004

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    We learned a great deal from reading the remaining frescos of Pompeii. Obviously, we can see what their lives resembled back then, because many, many of their activities are recorded plainly for us to see today. Apparently, Pompeii citizens were freaks! The liked to record all sexual positions and acts plainly. I guess they really did not like to have the birds and bees discussion with their kids, so they just put up art to teach them. Thats my theory anyway.

    For the degenerates among you, there is a book in the gift shop of all the various ways Pompeii people liked to get it on. Or, maybe is it, that your parents didn't have that discussion with you either?

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    Wall Paintings

    by roamer61 Updated May 8, 2009

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    Throughout the city, you can see many well preserved frescoes and wall paintings. These decorative forms of art usually depict allegorigal scenes or elements from mythology. The colors are in some places, still quite vibrant. Its therefore easy to imagine the way it was prior to that fatefull day in 79 AD. In parts of the city, the wall paintings are protected by a plexiglass covering. This assumedly, is to protect them from the elements.

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    Art on the walls

    by meteorologist1 Written Aug 31, 2003

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    These beautiful wall art can be found everywhere on the walls of houses in Pompei. They probably depict life in ancient Pompei, which can teach more about this city. They are very well preserved despite the volcanic eruption devastation.

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    Frescos

    by GUYON Written Aug 27, 2005

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    The Roman civilisation had not supplied a lot of paintings more fragile than the statues. The archeologists discovered in Pompei a lot of paintings and frescos with an inimitable red color.
    We ignore if this red is the original one or if it is the result of the time or of the heat of the lava.
    The most famous paintings are visible in the Naples Museum (when the room is open)

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    Richly decorated homes

    by mvtouring Written Jul 28, 2004

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    Many of the homes belonging to the rich people were decorated with lovely paintings on the walls in rich colours and thankfully this was preserved for generations to come to be able to see and appreciate how they lived so many years ago.
    Not much different from us though as we also decorate our homes.

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    Frescos

    by Beograd Updated Dec 15, 2004

    The basic color is aways red and the picture is tiny and in the centre. It's especially interesting how all those creatures remind us of Christian Angels...

    I apologize for the bad quality of following "fresco" pictures

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    Beautiful wall art

    by meteorologist1 Written Aug 6, 2003

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    Some of the houses in the Ruins of Pompei contain beautiful, well-preserved wall art. These artworks depict life in Pompei and some show the common interests these people had.

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    Fresco

    by kazander Updated Jun 7, 2004

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    The frescos of Pompei are beautifully preserved. Manyt of the walls are covered in the interesting paintings from floor to ceiling

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    Frescoes on Ceilings

    by cfuentesm Written Oct 11, 2005

    Admire Pompeii's incrdible frescoes. You'll find them everywhere and they look as if they were painted not long ago.

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    Frescos

    by Beograd Updated Dec 15, 2004

    It's almost unbeliveable how old these frescoes are and yet how good preserved they are.

    I apologize for bad quality of following "fresco" pictures"

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    Frescos

    by Beograd Updated Dec 15, 2004

    Look at this little felow... It's an angel!

    I apologize for the bad quality of following "fresco" pictures

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