Painting Pompeii: Pigments, Prices, and Painterly Practice
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Above: Fresco from a garden room. Roman, Pompeii, House of the Golden Bracelet, salone 32, second quarter of 1st century AD. Fresco; H 207 cm. Parco Archeologico di Pompeii, SAP 40690. Below: A sample of Egyptian blue pigments from the Roman era--a type of pigment that was used when painting this fresco.
Presented by Dr. Hilary Becker, Assistant Professor, Classics and Near Eastern Studies, Binghamton University
Have you considered how a Roman artist went about decorating a wall? While the painted walls of Pompeian houses are famous for the iconography that comprises them, they also offer an opportunity to examine the materials with which they were made. This talk provides an introduction to the pigments that the Romans had available and also examines the market economy for artists’ materials in order to provide insight into the choices that Pompeiian artists and patrons negotiated when purchasing pigments.
Admission: This program is free and open to the public; registration is required. This lecture will be live streamed on Zoom. An e-confirmation with a Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.
The Ancient Art Council programs for the exhibition Last Supper in Pompeii are supported by Elizabeth D. Moyer, Ph.D., and Michael C. Powanda, Ph.D.