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IX.12.6 Pompeii. House of the Chaste Lovers or Casa dei Casti Amanti or Officina of Crescens.

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IX.12.  Pompeii, May 2018. Information notice-board, which reads -
“To celebrate the Feast of St. Valentine, the Superintendency of Pompeii is re-opening the doors to the House of the Chaste Lovers, after a long period of closure, before the onset of major works which will allow a total restoration and development, as well as a reconfiguration of the escarpments of the area.
The house forms part of a large insula which also comprises the House of the Painters at Work and several small shops, that covers an area of over 1500 sq.mtrs.
The name originates from the “chaste” kiss exchanged by two lovers in one of the small paintings which decorate the triclinium of the house, which has an adjoining bakery. It was the home of a rich baker, and apart from the splendidly preserved bakery oven with the millstones still attached, two stables with the remains of five animals survives.
Vittorio Spinazzola began the investigations in 1912, attracted by the monumental façade with its columnaded balcony, which was then damaged by the 1943 bombings. Excavation continued in various phases, from 1987 until recently, in a broad plan of restoration and development.
Shortly before the dramatic events of 79AD, maintenance work was underway on the hydraulic network, and, in the House of the Painters at Work, the restructuring of the frescoes in the large hall, the sudden interruption left the small paintings incomplete of which the preparatory drawings had been completed. The presence of numerous cups still full of pigments which the artist was using would seem to prove that the work was abandoned in a hurry.”
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

IX.12.  Pompeii, May 2018. Information notice-board, which reads -

“To celebrate the Feast of St. Valentine, the Superintendency of Pompeii is re-opening the doors to the House of the Chaste Lovers, after a long period of closure, before the onset of major works which will allow a total restoration and development, as well as a reconfiguration of the escarpments of the area.

 

The house forms part of a large insula which also comprises the House of the Painters at Work and several small shops, that covers an area of over 1500 sq. metres.

 

The name originates from the “chaste” kiss exchanged by two lovers in one of the small paintings which decorate the triclinium of the house, which has an adjoining bakery. It was the home of a rich baker, and apart from the splendidly preserved bakery oven with the millstones still attached, two stables with the remains of five animals survives.

 

Vittorio Spinazzola began the investigations in 1912, attracted by the monumental façade with its colonnaded balcony, which was then damaged by the 1943 bombings. Excavation continued in various phases, from 1987 until recently, in a broad plan of restoration and development.

 

Shortly before the dramatic events of 79AD, maintenance work was underway on the hydraulic network, and, in the House of the Painters at Work, the restructuring of the frescoes in the large hall, the sudden interruption left the small paintings incomplete of which the preparatory drawings had been completed. The presence of numerous cups still full of pigments which the artist was using would seem to prove that the work was abandoned in a hurry.”

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

IX.12.6 Pompeii.  December 2005.  Entrance.

IX.12.6 Pompeii. December 2005. Entrance.

 

IX.12.6 Pompeii. Shop sign from right side of front façade. 
Painting of crowned and bearded ithyphallic Mercury with caduceus and purse. 
Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number s. n.
See Fröhlich, T., 1991. Lararien und Fassadenbilder in den Vesuvstädten. Mainz: von Zabern, F70, p. 338, tav. 16,2.
Secondo Della Corte in NdS 1912, (29 luglio). Reg. IX, ins. XII. Lo scavo sulla fronte di quest'isola………
…A giustificare ciascun segmento di tettoia, che vedesi chiaramente confermato dai fori dei travicelli scoperti nella muratura, dobbiamo pensare ad altrettanti affreschi che dovettero abbellire la facciata di quest'edificio: uno solo ne abbiamo oggi, all'angolo fra lo stipite destro e l'altezza dell'architrave del vano n. 6; ma, molto probabilmente, due altri ve ne furono nell'antichità, l'uno sullo stipite opposto del vano e l'altro all'estremità occidentale della facciata: però nulla ne avanza oggi, in seguito alla totale caduta degli intonachi. 
Su letto di stucco bianco di m. 0,78 di altezza e m. 0,66 di larghezza, circondato da una fascia rossa dove più dove meno larga, è steso il dipinto superstite, per tre lati (al disopra ed ai fianchi) abbellito da un ampio festone di foglie verdi:
Mercurio barbato, adulto, smisuratamente itifallico, il capo coronato di foglie verdi, i fianchi cinti di una breve fascia verde, tutto nudo nel resto, vedesi accorrere verso sinistra, cioè verso il vano n. 6, le ali ai piedi, il caduceo nella sinistra accostata al petto, il marsupium nella destra protesa; stato di conservazione perfetto; esecuzione non priva di energia espressiva.
Ved. Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità, 1912, pp. 258-9.

[According to Della Corte in NdS 1912, (29 luglio). Reg. IX, ins. XII. The excavation on the front of this insula……..
…To justify each segment of roofing, which is seen clearly confirmed by the rafter holes discovered in the wall, we have to think many frescoes adorned the facade of this building: only one we have today, on the corner between the right jamb and at the lintel height of entrance n. 6; but, most likely, there were two others in antiquity, the one on the door frame opposite compartment and the other at the western end of the facade: though nothing remains today, following the total fall of plaster. 
On a bed of white stucco m. 0.78 m in height and. 0.66 wide, surrounded by a red band where more where less wide, the painting is stretched survivor, three sides (above and to the sides) embellished by a large festoon of green leaves:
Mercury bearded, adult, hugely ithyphallic, the head crowned with green leaves, the loins of a short green band, naked in the rest, is seen rushing to the left, toward the entrance no. 6, the wings on his feet, the caduceus in his left hand against his chest, right in the marsupium outstretched; perfect state of preservation; execution is not without expressive energy.
See Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità, 1912, pp. 258-9.]

IX.12.6 Pompeii. Shop sign from right side of front façade.

Painting of crowned and bearded ithyphallic Mercury with caduceus and purse.

Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number s. n.

See Fröhlich, T., 1991. Lararien und Fassadenbilder in den Vesuvstädten. Mainz: von Zabern, F70, p. 338, tav. 16,2.

Secondo Della Corte in NdS 1912, (29 luglio). Reg. IX, ins. XII. Lo scavo sulla fronte di quest'isola………

…A giustificare ciascun segmento di tettoia, che vedesi chiaramente confermato dai fori dei travicelli scoperti nella muratura, dobbiamo pensare ad altrettanti affreschi che dovettero abbellire la facciata di quest'edificio: uno solo ne abbiamo oggi, all'angolo fra lo stipite destro e l'altezza dell'architrave del vano n. 6; ma, molto probabilmente, due altri ve ne furono nell'antichità, l'uno sullo stipite opposto del vano e l'altro all'estremità occidentale della facciata: però nulla ne avanza oggi, in seguito alla totale caduta degli intonachi.

Su letto di stucco bianco di m. 0,78 di altezza e m. 0,66 di larghezza, circondato da una fascia rossa dove più dove meno larga, è steso il dipinto superstite, per tre lati (al disopra ed ai fianchi) abbellito da un ampio festone di foglie verdi:

Mercurio barbato, adulto, smisuratamente itifallico, il capo coronato di foglie verdi, i fianchi cinti di una breve fascia verde, tutto nudo nel resto, vedesi accorrere verso sinistra, cioè verso il vano n. 6, le ali ai piedi, il caduceo nella sinistra accostata al petto, il marsupium nella destra protesa; stato di conservazione perfetto; esecuzione non priva di energia espressiva.

Vedi Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità, 1912, pp. 258-9.

 

[According to Della Corte in NdS 1912, (29 luglio). Reg. IX, ins. XII. The excavation on the front of this insula……..

…To justify each segment of roofing, which is seen clearly confirmed by the rafter holes discovered in the wall, we must think that many frescoes adorned the facade of this building: only one of which we have today, on the corner between the right jamb and at the lintel height of entrance no. 6; but, very probably, there were two others in antiquity, the one on the door frame opposite and the other at the western end of the facade: although nothing remains today, following the total fall of the plaster.

On a bed of white stucco m. 0.78 m in height and. 0.66 wide, the painting was surrounded by a red band, on three sides (above and to the sides) embellished by a large festoon of green leaves:
Mercury bearded, adult, hugely ithyphallic, his head crowned with green leaves, the hips girded by a short green band, the rest all naked , is seen rushing to the left, that is towards the entrance no. 6, the wings on his feet, the caduceus in his left hand against his chest, his purse in his right outstretched hand; in a perfect state of preservation; the execution is not without expressive energy.

See Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità, 1912, pp. 258-9.]

 

IX.12.6 Pompeii. December 2005. Graffiti beside door, between IX.12.6 and IX.12.7.

IX.12.6 Pompeii. December 2005. Graffiti beside door, between IX.12.6 and IX.12.7.

 

IX.12.6 Pompeii.  December 2005.  Façade.

IX.12.6 Pompeii. December 2005. Façade.

 

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 10.  West wall, with door into room 11, probably used for grinding the corn and making bread.

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 10. 

West wall, with door into room 11, probably used for grinding the corn and making the bread.

 

IX.12.6 Pompeii. May 2010.  Looking south to room 10 with street entrance at IX.12.6, and room 11 with window, on the right.

IX.12.6 Pompeii. May 2010. 

Looking south to room 10 with street entrance at IX.12.6, and room 11 with window, on the right.

 

IX.12.6 Pompeii. May 2010. Room 11 from above, looking south.

IX.12.6 Pompeii. May 2010. Room 11 from above, looking south.

 

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 11, north wall, and side of oven. 
The bread would have been put into the oven through the square opening.

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 11, north wall, and side of oven.

The bread would have been put into the oven through the square opening.

 

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 10, looking north to bakery, room 5.

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 10, looking north to bakery, room 5.

 

IX.12.7 Pompeii, May 2018. Room 10, looking north from entrance doorway towards oven in room 5.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

IX.12.7 Pompeii, May 2018. Room 10, looking north from entrance doorway towards oven in room 5.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

IX.12.6 Pompeii, May 2018. Room 5, bakery, looking north from entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

IX.12.6 Pompeii, May 2018. Room 5, bakery, looking north from entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

IX.12.6 Pompeii.  March 2009.  Room 5, oven in bakery.

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 5, oven in bakery.

 

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 10, stairs in north east corner.

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 10, stairs in north east corner.

 

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 10, east wall, with site of staircase.

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 10, east wall, with site of staircase.

 

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 10, doorway in east wall leading to room 9.

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 10, doorway in east wall leading to room 9.

 

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 9, south-east corner.

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 9, south-east corner.

 

IX.12.6  Pompeii. March 2009. Room 9, west wall with doorway to room 10.

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 9, west wall with doorway to room 10.

 

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 9, south wall.

IX.12.6 Pompeii. March 2009. Room 9, south wall.

 

 

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