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VII.16.22 Pompeii. Casa di Fabio Rufo or House of M Fabius Rufus.

Linked to VII.16.17, VII.16.20 and VII.16.21.

 

Shown as number 19 on Eschebach site plan.

 

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VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Detail of floor mosaic in door threshold, from the corridor into the room.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Detail of floor mosaic in door threshold, from the corridor into the room.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. IV style decoration on north wall of room on south side of oecus and corridor.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. IV style decoration on north wall of room on south side of oecus and corridor.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Wall painting of Diana and Actaeon, or Venus at her bath watched by an old Silenus, from centre of north wall.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007.

Wall painting of Diana and Actaeon, or Venus at her bath watched by an old Silenus, from centre of north wall.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii.  December 2007.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. North-east corner.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. East wall with wall painting of Narcissus.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. East wall with wall painting of Narcissus.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Centre wall painting of  Narcissus, from the east wall.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Centre wall painting of Narcissus, from the east wall.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Painted wall panel of figs and dates, from south end of east wall.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Painted wall panel of figs and dates, from south end of east wall.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. South-east corner, with remains of medallion on south wall.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. South-east corner, with remains of medallion on south wall.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Steps and walls in front of doorway to cubiculum, on left, and corridor with steps, on right.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Steps and walls in front of doorway to cubiculum, on left, and corridor with steps, on right.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Looking east into cubiculum.
East wall concealing hidden wall with a painting of a woman standing in a doorway.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Looking east into cubiculum.

East wall concealing hidden wall with a painting of a woman standing in a doorway.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii.  December 2007.  Shrine or cubiculum?  Painted east wall built in front of and concealing a hidden wall.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Painted east wall of cubiculum, built in front of and concealing a hidden wall.

The figure is variously interpreted as an actress, Venus and most recently as Cleopatra.

The rear wall was painted in II style, the front wall was painted in IV style, possibly part of a modernisation in ancient times.

According to Winsor Leach, “although, she has been called Venus she is more likely to be an actress, probably a mimic actress, representing a human character impelled by passion about to make her entrance on stage……

But the small enclosure that houses the Pompeian painting contains a singular and puzzling construction. 

Standing before the figured background and apparently installed at a later date, is a blocking screen wall painted with a central aedicula, but lacking human figures.

To all appearances this wall has been constructed with the deliberate purpose of concealing the dramatic representation without the act of destroying it. 

Did the owners lose patience with the actress who never acted?”

See Winsor Leach, E., 2004. The Social Life of Painting in Ancient Rome and on the Bay of Naples. Cambridge UK: Cambridge UP.

See Walker, S., 2008. Cleopatra in Pompeii? London: British School at Rome at The British Academy, (p.35-46), in Papers of the British School at Rome, 2008.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Looking towards east wall of cubiculum, concealing hidden wall with a painting of a woman standing in a doorway. Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012.

Looking towards east wall of cubiculum, concealing hidden wall with a painting of a woman standing in a doorway.

Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Detail of woman standing in doorway in centre of concealed wall. Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Detail of woman standing in doorway in centre of concealed wall.

Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Detail of remains of painted wall plaster. Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Detail of remains of wall plaster. Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Detail of remains of painted wall plaster. Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Detail of remains of painted wall plaster. Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

 

 

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