Ed Voves | Art Eyewitness | 9th February 2022
Pompeii was Rome’s pleasure dome – similar perhaps to the Hamptons in New York – with numerous lavish homes. Their frescoes, preserved by the ash of Vesuvius, were mostly decorative and reveal sophisticated Roman aesthetics. Besides landscapes and portraits there are still lifes and “astonishing trompe-l’oeil”. Ancient Greek art was a major influence, but these frescoes are “valuable creations in their own right”, authentic expressions of Roman culture. Background is here.