Most studies of Roman wallpainting inevitably focus on the wonderfully-preserved and elaborate paintings of Pompeii. This study, a thesis, moves the focus away from Pompeii to look at later examples, from the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, across Italy. As the catalogue shows, wall paintings during this time were far less dramatic and colourful and can be better classified as monochrome, functional `room decoration'. The study provides a chronological assessment of pattern trends that are found in Italy's buildings and catacombs, especially in Ostia and Rome. German text.
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