The Splendor of Roman Wall Painting
Visitors to the former residences of wealthy ancient Romans cannot help but be astonished by their grand architecture and enchanting wall paintings, still vibrant with cinnabar reds, golden yellows, and deep greens. The beauty and intricacy of these ancient frescoes are showcased in the sumptuous volume Domus: Wall Painting in the Roman House, published by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2004 and now available in this abridged and affordable edition.
Following an introduction to the Roman domestic ideal that inspired these wall decorations and a discussion of the evolution in painting styles, the author conducts a tour of twenty-eight houses in Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, and the city of Rome. Here are painted scenes--rich with fabulous details of illusionistic architecture, lush gardens, exotic animals, and erotic adventures--impressive in their display of technical mastery and enduring in their visual impact.
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Excellent and dazzling pictures, wonderfully readable text - but it all seems too brief and too short to cover the subject, you'll want more. Other reviewers have commented that this book is a shorter compliation of another; a larger & longer book, so the overall design of it does make sense from that standpoint. Truly, this subject could cover a lot more than this book has room for - probably many volumes - but as an introduction, it's excellent. Not quite as large as the standard coffee-table book, the photographs and illustrations are vivid and interesting (particularly the 3-D style line drawings depicting the artists' architectural visions on 2-dimensional walls) and you'll want to actually READ the text - not just look at the pretty pictures. Most of the photographs and illustrations focus on Pompeii, but there are also a few from Herculaneum & other villas. ...