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If you like mosaics and have time - there is so much to see in Rome - go to the second floor of the museum where is on display an impressive collection of mosaics, frescoes and stucco from ancient villas in and around Rome.
Interesting is the evolution from the mosaic pavements from the mostly monochrome and simple geometric motifs during the Republic period to the figurative polychrome scenes of the late Antique period.
Mosaic decoration was not reserved for pavements but was used for walls and vaults in rooms, fountains, nymphaea and grottoes. Remarkable is the mosaic decoration, representing Hercules, of the so-called "nymphaeum" of Anzio, an ornamental fountain of a villa on the coast.
As what concerns frescoes there are complete examples found in villas of the ancient Rome.
There is until 30/03/2008 a special exhibition "Rosso Pompeiano" with a large survey of the golden age of Roman paintings. There are about a hundred panels of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples. They were detached from the walls of the buildings of the Vesuvian towns, a.o. Pompei.
The characteristic colour "Pompeian red" is typical of the ancient painting. It consists of cinnabar (mercury sulphide). Originally it was used with parsimony, later, under the Roman Empire, entire walls were painted with it to show richness.
Address: Largo di Villa Peretti 1
Directions: Between piazza della Repubblica and Termini bus terminal.
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