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This talk examines the history and development of Roman frescoes from their origins in Greece to their high point in the first century AD. Paul Roberts, Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean, will focus on the astonishing variety of beautiful paintings from Herculaneum and Pompeii – a treasure-trove of imagery from all areas of Roman life. Gods and heroes rule the walls. There are still-life scenes equalling those of Dutch and Spanish masters and scenes of everyday life. These painted echoes, some whispering, some shouting, give us an invaluable glimpse of Roman life.

This is the 4th lecture in a series focusing on frescoes and murals from Ancient Egypt to 20th Century Britain. You might also like to consider these lectures:-

Art for an Afterlife: ancient Egyptian tomb scenes

From Creation to Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel

The Painted Monasteries of Romania

Back to the wall – mural painting in 20th Century Britain


Image: Fresco showing Flora From Stabiae AD 50-79


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