Lecture 24

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Third Style, Phase 2- The Houses of Sacerdotus Amandus and The House of Marcus Lucretius Fronto, Pompeii


A. General Characteristics- Tiberius through Claudius

  1. Reaction to discipline of Augustan period
  2. Garish blue, green, yellow- colors overwhelm
  3. Perspective starts to reappear
  4. Leafy tendrils all over the place
  5. Central picture getting shorter, more squarish
  6. Figures begin to reacquire volume, foreshortening
  7. Contrast of light and shade on figures develops
  8. Overloading of detail more and more
  9. Viewer confusion over precise taxis



B House of the Sacerdotus Amandus 20-35 A.D.


  1. Triclinium- major paintings like Boscotrecase
  2. More chiaroscuro on figures, less landscape
  3. Yellow upper zones popular


  1.  House of Marcus Lucretius Fronto 35-45 A.D.
  1. Large black panels, yellow vertical stripes
  2. Upper zone with insubstantial architecture
  3. Tabulae look for figural images
  4. Perspectives reviving a bit of illusionism
  5. Curved colonnade in durchblick
  6. Baroque push-pull architecture upper zone
  7. Architectural parts flimsy and bizarre
  8. Recession effect negated by black background
  9. Colors more vigorous
  10. Ornamental eye-catching figures


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