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Cubiculum (bedroom) from the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale

Period:
Late Republic
Date:
ca. 50–40 B.C.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Fresco
Dimensions:
Room: 8 ft. 8 1/2 in. x 10 ft. 11 1/2 in. x 19 ft. 7 1/8 in. (265.4 x 334 x 583.9 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1903
Accession Number:
03.14.13a–g
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 165
Room M of the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79, functioned as a bedroom.

The rear wall shows rocky terrain with balustrades and an arbor above, a small cave or grotto sheltering a fountain, and a small figure of Hekate below. In the center of the wall, between two columns, a parapet embellished with a yellow monochrome landscape supports a glass bowl filled with fruit.

The side walls of the room are loosely symmetrical. Each wall is subdivided into four sections by a pilaster that defines the area of the couch and by two ornate columns. The paintings depict enclosed courtyards in which we glimpse the tops of statuary, rotundas, and pylons as well as vegetation. These precincts alternate with townscapes combining colonnaded buildings and projecting terraces.
Excavated at the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor, Boscoreale, about a mile from Pompeii (Cavenaghi 1901, p. 5; Barnabei 1901, pp. 71-81).

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