One of my very favorite wall paintings anywhere in the Bay of Naples is in the House of the Great Portal in Herculaneum. Not a very large or fancy house in general, but the quality of this work sets it apart. The restrained color is elegant yet dramatic; it's too bad the lower parts of the walls are all gone!
|Only bummer about the room is how most of the lower walls are gone. I'd love to see what the pedestals looked like!|
|The upper area consists of a continuous frieze band and a background of blue architectural elements.|
|Frieze of curtains, masks, and trophies seems to refer to the theater.|
|Above the curtained frieze is this monochrome gray/blue architectural fantasy, typical of the mature 4th style (ca 60-70 AD)|
|Detail of the curtain and architectural elements. Awesome brevity and economy of color.|