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Painted in the Third or Fourth Style, the fresco has a yellow ground with a deep red lower central portion within an architectural frame. There are vertical and horizontal bands in green; the window opening is off-white. A stalk-like candelabrum, punctuated by leaves and surmounted by a...

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From the peristyle of the Villa of the Contrada Bottaro near Pompeii, Italy, excavated by Gennaro Matrone in 1899-1902; in exchange for a bronze statuette, Matrone was given ownership of the frescoes by the Italian government; in 1925, Joseph Brummer acquired four panels from the Villa and sold them to MFA; a few months later, Brummer acquired the rest of the panels; by 1926: Lacey D. Caskey saw the set of panels in a New York warehouse; on April 3, 1933, Mr. Brummer offered to sell ten pieces chosen by Mr. Caskey, of which 33.499 is one; purchased by MFA from Brummer Gallery, Inc., 55 East 57th Street, New York, 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, A.D. 14–62


near Pompeii, Campania, Italy


Height x width: 190 x 143 cm (74 13/16 x 56 5/16 in.)

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The Ancient World