Archaeology News: House of Augustus, Rome


House of Augustus opens to public

A single fragment of painted plaster, discovered in masonry-filled rooms, led the experts to unearth a series of exquisite frescoes commissioned by the man who would later become Rome’s first emperor. On Sunday following decades of painstaking restoration, the frescoes in vivid shades of blue, red and ochre went on public show for the first time since they were painted in about 30BC.

One large room boasts a theatrical theme, its walls painted to resemble a stage with narrow side-doors. High on the wall a comic mask peersFresco in House of Augustus through a small window. Other trompe l’oeil designs include an elegant garden vista, yellow columns and even a meticulously sketched blackbird.

Builders’ names preserved

The Rome authorities have spent nearly 2m euros preserving the four Augustus rooms – thought to comprise a dining-room, bedroom, an expansive reception hall at ground-level and a small study on the first floor.

The quality of the work has been compared with that in Pompeii

Experts say the frescoes are among the most splendid surviving examples of Roman wall paintings, on a par with those found in the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Full article from BBC, with more photos:

One thought on “Archaeology News: House of Augustus, Rome

  1. […] Casa di Augusto at the Palatino, ancient Roman emperor Augustus’s house on Rome’s Palatine Hill has been endowed with funds from the “Robert W. Wilson Challenge to Conserve our Heritage.” The World Monuments Fund Europe (WMF), has allocated 300,000 euros for the continuation of restoration efforts. Only recently discovered, four of the frescoed rooms were painstakingly restored and opened to the public in March. These frescoes, dating back to around 30BC which are said to be among the best surviving examples of Roman wall painting, rival those found in Pompeii and Herculaneum. The World Monuments Fund (WMF) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of works of art and architecture worldwide. Hopefully collaborations with Italy can continue in the future. Check out the slideshow of the Casa di Augusto al Palatino by clicking here. View blog reactions […]

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