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The Villa of the Mysteries

The Villa of the Mysteries is examined in these terms:
? Where can examples of Roman wall painting be found today?
? What was the technique used?
? What were the materials?
? What was the subject matter?
? How are all of these characteristics typical of the time period?

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As you name areas worldwide where Roman wall paintings occur, most of them are obviously in Italy. Research suggests that wall paintings were found at Pompeii, Herculaneum, Boscoreal and other cities that were buried under the volcanic ash of Mt. Vesuvius ( Precise locations also include the Museo Nazionale Arcologico in Naples, Villa of Mysteries, Pompeii, preserved pieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Roman villa in Zippori, Israel, Roman villa at Piazza Armerina, Sicily, and other areas as listed at

When citing the various techniques used, you might note that four styles permeated Roman wall paintings. The first style is "Incrustation." It is a type of imitation of Greek painting that makes flat areas of color and faux finishes to resemble fake marble or oak finishes ( The second type is called architectural style because it uses extensions of space beyond the room with various perspectives to make an illusion of a three-dimensional space on a flat two-dimensional surface ...

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The Villa of the Mysteries is briefly overviewed.