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Wall Fragment with Grotesques
Boscoreale, Italy (Place Created)
154 × 43 cm (60 5/8 × 16 15/16 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
While frescoes mimicking outdoor scenes were often painted to make rooms appear brighter and larger, this fresco is purely decorative. Vines and flowers intertwine, interspersed with animals and other decorative elements, all painted onto a red stripe.
Fresco painting was one of the most popular methods of wall decoration in ancient Rome. A wall would first be covered with fresh plaster.
Elie Borowski, Polish, 1913 - 2003 (Basel, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972.
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
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. 95k.