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BY-NC-ND 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter 2021

Ornamental Painting on Campanian House Façades

M. Taylor Lauritsen


Since the late 1980s, studies of decoration in Campanian houses have emphasised the importance of painting schemes for the organisation of social activities and movement, examining the domus and its decor primarily from the perspective of the non-resident. At the same time, painted decoration on facades - particularly the non-figurative variety - has been ignored almost entirely in scholarly literature, despite its obvious communicative disposition. After an historical introduction, this paper considers a selection of common schemes employed in ornamental facade painting, exploring their relationship with similar designs found inside the house. The discussion concludes with some preliminary thoughts on the relationship between interior and exterior decoration, access and privacy in the dwellings of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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