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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1925.6.35
Title
Wall Painting Fragment with Vegetal Motif
Classification
Fragments
Work Type
wall painting fragment(s)
Date
1st century CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe
Period
Roman Imperial period, Early
Culture
Roman
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/292103
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Pigment on plaster
Technique
Fresco painting
Dimensions
H. 9.4 x D. 1.3 x W.13.5 cm (3 11/16 x 1/2 x 5 5/16 in.)
Provenance
Fausto Benedetti, Rome (by 1925), gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1925.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Fausto Benedetti
Accession Year
1925
Object Number
1925.6.35
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This fragment of wall painting depicts a red panel with a black register beneath it, separated by a white band. In the central red section is a repeating pattern of vegetal motifs, rendered in light yellow paint with a thin brush. A white band along the top of the fragment depicts a series of teardrops, which have been left unpainted so that the red ground shows through.






Commentary
Brightly colored wall paintings often decorated the interior, and sometimes exterior, of Roman buildings. The fragment shown is just one small part of a much larger decorative scheme that would have covered an entire wall.

The whimsical nature and thin, delicate lines are found in paintings from the first century CE. This style was characterized by highly stylized decorative motifs on panels of flat ground color, often in red, black, or white.

Exhibition History

Roman Gallery Installation (long-term), Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/16/1999 - 01/20/2008

32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/20/2018 - 05/06/2018

Subjects and Contexts

Roman Domestic Art

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