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Last quarter 1st Century BC – 1st Century AD
Size : 16.5 cm high, 14 cm wide, 2.5 cm deep – 6½ ins high, 5½ ins wide, 1 ins deep
With thanks to Ian Jenkins of the British Museum for the dating of this piece.
Mythological panel pictures were a prominent feature of many villa walls in Pompeii and Herculanium and could be termed ‘old master copies’. They were based on Greek originals and in the 19th century they were often studied exclusively as evidence of these now lost Greek paintings. However, they are free variations upon an established theme and not merely straight forward copies, and they are now studied in their own right as paintings which are as Roman as the walls which they once adorned. It seems that even the educated Roman hypnotized by the prevailing taste and fashion for Greek art was notoriously blind to his own country’s artistic achievement.
|Height||16.50 cm||(6.50 inches)|
|Width||14.00 cm||(5.51 inches)|
|Depth||2.50 cm||(0.98 inches)|