Fresco Fragment 997

By
Adam Tabeling
Adam Tabeling is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in the Interdepartmental Classical Art and Archaeology program. Having finished his honors thesis entitled, “An Iconographical Study of Helen and Paris Alexandros in Etruscan Art” at the University of Colorado in 2011, Adam has continued his interest and research in iconography of the Greco-Roman world, mainly of relief sculpture. He recently gave a paper at the University of Freiburg on the Cancelleria Reliefs and is currently writing a monograph on the friezes of the Siphnian Treasury at Delphi. Aside from relief sculpture, Adam focuses on the topography of Rome, civic architecture and the relationships between politics and art. He will be attending the American School of Classical Studies at Athens this summer.

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  • Accession Number: JHUAM 997
  • Measurements: Length: 11cm, Width: 13cm
  • Material: Pigment, plaster
  • Culture/Date: Roman, 1st c. CE
  • Provenance: Italy

In the first century CE, pigments were collected from every corner of the Roman Empire in order to offer artists a diverse palette of colors.  Here, the painter used black for the background and bold shades of red, brown, beige and green to create the colorful border. The circular ornament was painted in beige, red, pink and framed by a yellow band.  The artist of this fresco appears to have blended red with white to produce this pastel pink, since pink was not a natural pigment in Roman wall painting.