The Bronze Age frescoes from Akrotiri on the Aegean island of Thera (modern-day Santorini) provide some of the most famous images from the ancient Greek world. Sometime between 1650 and 1550 BCE Thera suffered a devastating earthquake which...
Frescoes are the source of some of the most striking imagery handed down to us from the Minoan civilization of Bronze Age Crete (2000-1500 BCE). Further, without written records, they are often the only source, along with decorated pottery...
Roman Wall Painting
The interiors of Roman buildings of all description were very frequently sumptuously decorated using bold colours and designs. Wall paintings, fresco and the use of stucco to create relief effects were all commonly used by the 1st century...
Painted Garden, Villa of Livia
More free lessons at: http://www.khanacademy.org/video?v=PPyqEsyVmIQ Painted Garden, Villa of Livia, fresco, 30-20 B.C.E. (Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Massimo, Rome) Plant species include: umbrella pine, oak, red fir, quince, pomegranate...
Villa of Mysteries
More free lessons at: http://www.khanacademy.org/video?v=SEzDiejb1a0 Dionysian Cult Cycle (?), Villa of Mysteries, before 79 C.E., fresco, Pompeii, Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker
Pair of Centaurs Fighting Cats of Prey from Hadrian's Villa, c. 130 B.C.E.
More free lessons at: http://www.khanacademy.org/video?v=L5OkFR8GScU Pair of Centaurs Fighting Cats of Prey from Hadrian's Villa, mosaic, c. 130 B.C.E. (Altes Museum, Berlin) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker See this on Smarthistory...
"Sappho" fresco, Pompeii
Fresco showing a woman holding writing implements, a wax tablet and stylus. Commonly called Sappho, the fresco actually portrays a high-society Pompeian woman, richly dressed with gold-threaded hair and large gold earrings. From Pompeii...
Fresco Showing the Riot of 59 CE in the Amphitheatre of Pompeii
Fourth Style fresco depicting a riot that broke out in Pompeii in 59 CE during games held in the arena involving Pompeians and inhabitants of Nuceria. On the orders of Nero, this event led to the closure of the amphitheatre for ten years...
Garden Fresco, Livia's Villa, Rome
A section of the garden fresco from the triclinium or dining room from Livia's Villa, Rome, 1st century BCE. The fresco runs around all four walls and gives a 360° panorama of a luxuriant garden with birds and insects against a brilliant...
Lilies Fresco, Akrotiri
The Lilies Fresco from Akrotiri on the Aegean island of Thera, modern-day Santorini (also known as the Spring Fresco). From Room 2 of Building Delta, c. 17th century BCE. Lilies or papyrus are depicted growing from colourful volcanic rocks...