The Roman House at Hopkins | Roman Walls and Floors

Fresco Fragment 997

By Adam Tabeling

Accession Number: JHAM 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.