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VII.16.22 Pompeii. Casa di Fabio Rufo or House of M Fabius Rufus.

Linked to VII.16.17, VII.16.20 and VII.16.21.

Shown as number 19 on Eschebach site plan. Excavated 1759, 1910, 1940, 1958-1980.

 

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VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Looking east into cubiculum.
East wall concealing hidden wall with a painting of a woman standing in a doorway.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Looking east into cubiculum.

East wall concealing hidden wall with a painting of a woman standing in a doorway.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii.  December 2007.  Shrine or cubiculum?  Painted east wall built in front of and concealing a hidden wall.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Painted east wall of cubiculum, built in front of and concealing a hidden wall.

The figure is variously interpreted as an actress, Venus and most recently as Cleopatra.

The rear wall was painted in II style, the front wall was painted in IV style, possibly part of a modernisation in ancient times.

According to Winsor Leach, “although, she has been called Venus she is more likely to be an actress, probably a mimic actress, representing a human character impelled by passion about to make her entrance on stage……

But the small enclosure that houses the Pompeian painting contains a singular and puzzling construction. 

Standing before the figured background and apparently installed at a later date, is a blocking screen wall painted with a central aedicula, but lacking human figures.

To all appearances this wall has been constructed with the deliberate purpose of concealing the dramatic representation without the act of destroying it. 

Did the owners lose patience with the actress who never acted ?

See Winsor Leach, E., 2004. The Social Life of Painting in Ancient Rome and on the Bay of Naples. Cambridge UK: Cambridge UP.

See Walker, S., 2008. Cleopatra in Pompeii?. London: British School at Rome at The British Academy, (p.35-46), in Papers of the British School at Rome, 2008.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Looking towards east wall of cubiculum, concealing hidden wall with a painting of a woman standing in a doorway. Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012.

Looking towards east wall of cubiculum, concealing hidden wall with a painting of a woman standing in a doorway.

Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Detail of woman standing in doorway in centre of concealed wall. Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Detail of woman standing in doorway in centre of concealed wall.

Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Detail of remains of painted wall plaster. Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Detail of remains of wall plaster. Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Detail of remains of painted wall plaster. Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Detail of remains of painted wall plaster. Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. 
Peristyle garden looking south towards entrance VII.16.17 in House of Maius Castricius.. According to Jashemski, this was the peristyle garden reached easily from the Vicolo dei Soprastanti. The peristyle portico was supported by pillars at the corners and by a column in the middle of each of the four sides. A low wall built between the columns and pillars, was broken by an entrance into the garden on the north wall. See Jashemski, W. F., 1993. The Gardens of Pompeii, Volume II: Appendices. New York: Caratzas. (p.203, B, and Fig 236)

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007.

Peristyle garden looking south towards entrance VII.16.17 in House of Maius Castricius.

According to Jashemski, this was the peristyle garden reached easily from the Vicolo dei Soprastanti.

The peristyle portico was supported by pillars at the corners and by a column in the middle of each of the four sides.

A low wall built between the columns and pillars, was broken by an entrance into the garden on the north wall.

See Jashemski, W. F., 1993. The Gardens of Pompeii, Volume II: Appendices. New York: Caratzas. (p.203, B, and Fig 236)

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Looking east across peristyle garden in House of Maius Castricius. Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Looking east across peristyle garden in House of Maius Castricius.

Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Looking north across room with vaulted ceiling, from peristyle. The north wall has a doorway into rear room.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007.

Looking north across room with vaulted ceiling, from peristyle in House of Maius Castricius.

The north wall has a doorway into rear room.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012.  Looking north across room with vaulted ceiling, from peristyle in House of Maius Castricius, with doorway into a rear room. Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. 

Looking north across room with vaulted ceiling, from peristyle in House of Maius Castricius, towards doorway into a rear room.

Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Arched north wall with doorway to rear room.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Arched north wall with doorway to rear room in House of Maius Castricius.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012.  Detail of painted face of female divinity in a round panel.
Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. May 2012. Detail of painted face of female divinity in a round panel.

Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Room overlooking peristyle.
Detail of painted face of female divinity in round panel. According to Varriale, this is a painted shield with painting of Venus Physica Pompeiana.
See Aoyagi M. and Pappalardo U. et al, 2006. Pompei (Regiones VI-VII) Insula Occidentalis. Napoli: Valtrend. (p.442)

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Room overlooking peristyle in House of Maius Castricius.

Detail of painted face of female divinity in round panel.

According to Varriale, this is a painted shield with painting of Venus Physica Pompeiana.

See Aoyagi M. and Pappalardo U. et al, 2006. Pompei (Regiones VI-VII) Insula Occidentalis. Napoli: Valtrend. (p.442)

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. North wall of rear room, with II style decoration.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. North wall of rear room, with II style decoration in House of Maius Castricius.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii.  December 2007.  Peristyle. Looking east.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Looking east across peristyle in House of Maius Castricius.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. East wall of peristyle in House of Maius Castricius.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. East wall of peristyle in House of Maius Castricius.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Looking south along east portico of peristyle in House of Maius Castricius.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Looking south along east portico of peristyle in House of Maius Castricius.

 

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Looking south-west across peristyle, from north-east corner.

VII.16.17-22 Pompeii. December 2007. Looking south-west across peristyle, from north-east corner in House of Maius Castricius.

 

 

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