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This fresco, from room off the peristyle of a house south of Pompeii, on the ancient shore of Gulf of Naples, shows a red ground upon which elaborate, semicircular architectural designs of fantastic character have been depicted in yellow, creamy white, and light blue. There are two tiers of...

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1901-1902: excavated by Gennaro Matrone in a room off the peristyle of the villa of the Contrada Bottaro, located a half mile south of Pompeii; ownership granted to Gennaro Matrone by the Italian government; by 1925: with Brummer Gallery, Inc., 55 East 57th Street, New York; purchased by MFA from Brummer Gallery, Inc., June 1, 1933, for $ 15,115.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 33.496-33.506)

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Ellen Frances Mason Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 14–62


near Pompeii, Campania, Italy


Height: 1.962 m. width: 1.842 m.

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The Ancient World