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Wall Fragment with Winged Female (Nike) on Black Ground

Object Details

Title:

Wall Fragment with Winged Female (Nike) on Black Ground

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Place:

Boscoreale, Italy (Place Created)

Date:

A.D. 50–79

Medium:

Fresco

Object Number:

72.AG.78.2

Dimensions:

91 × 56 × 5 cm (35 13/16 × 22 1/16 × 1 15/16 in.)

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Object Description

This fresco portrays Nike, the Greek goddess of victory with her wings extended while holding two garlands.

Fresco painting was one of the most popular methods of wall decoration in ancient Rome. A wall would first be covered with fresh plaster. Pigments were then dissolved in water and applied to the wet plaster. The combination of minerals in the pigment and carbon dioxide in the air created a solid surface upon drying. Ancient fresco painting yields colorful, enduring works of art, which crack due to the settling of building walls.

Ancient Roman artists sometimes used fresco to enliven walls in dark, enclosed interior spaces.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1972

Elie Borowski, Polish, 1913 - 2003 (Basel, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Classical Connections: The Enduring Influence of Greek and Roman Art (December 16, 2003 to November 9, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 16, 2003 to November 9, 2008
Remembering Antiquity: The Ancient World Through Medieval Eyes (January 24 to May 28, 2017)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 24 to May 28, 2017
Bibliography
Bibliography

Vermeule, Cornelius, and Norman Neuerberg. Catalogue of the Ancient Art in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1973), pp. 46-47, no. 95b.