During the first century B.C., artists decorating the villas of Roman patrons developed a style of wall painting in which richly colored architectural scenes created the illusion of receding space. Found especially in the region of Campania, these paintings include the Museum’s extraordinary panels from a villa at Boscoreale (Roman, Late Republican, ca. 50-40 B.C.), which are among the most important of this type to survive from antiquity. The luxurious imaginary settings evoked the splendor of the palaces and pavilions of Hellenistic rulers, whose kingdoms had been conquered by Rome. Our enchanting scarf features a trompe l’oeil scene from one of these dazzling ancient Roman frescoes.
Silk crêpe de chine. Imported. 64'' x 20''.