Thursday, January 9, 2014

OECUS WALL PAINTING

The cycle of frescoes from the oecus or banqueting hall in the 
Villa of Publius Fannius Synistor in Boscoreale is generally interpreted as a portrait gallery of a Hellenistic dynasty. 
On the basis of a meticulous iconographic analysis, the author arrives at an entirely new interpretation. He demonstrates that the individual panels of which the fresco cycle is composed are not unica, as was hitherto assumed, but that they belong to an iconographical tradition which has left traces elsewhere in 
ancient art. 
On the basis of this new interpretation, the author comes to the conclusion that the fresco cycle from the Villa of Fannius was intended as an eloquent testimony to the cultural aspirations of a well-to-do Roman from the middle of the first century B.C.