Frescoes were used to ornament walls, including those of the villae urbanae (houses of wealthy citizens), and those of public and religious places, like baths and temples. Frescoes were paintings made on fresh plaster, which were then frozen and protected by the drying process of the plaster. The plaster would have been carefully built up to as many as seven layers in the wealthiest houses. As well as pleasing patterns, such as these pieces, popular scenes from mythology were often used in decoration. However, they have rarely survived until modern times. It is actually Pompeii that provides us with some of the best samples of wall decorations, as the ashes that covered them after the eruption of the Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD protected them from natural erosion and oxidation.
Selection of Fresco Plaster Fragments from Pompeii
A nice selection of plaster fragments of a fresco uncovered in Pompeii, featuring some well-preserved pigments depicting circular patterns with suspended dots on a white background.
Condition: Fine condition with signs of ageing on the surface.