Inspiration: Interiors from "Pompeii and the Roman Villa"

Inspiration: Interiors from "Pompeii and the Roman Villa"

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Rachael Grad
Feb 9, 2009

We recently visited the exhibition "Pompeii and the Roman Villa" at the National Gallery of Art and were inspired to find ways to bring Pompeian colors and decor into our home. The exhibition rooms were designed to look like rooms from Roman villas. We loved the water fountains, rich wall colors, marble sculptures, and garden plants. Shown at left are Pompeian-inspired dishes and souvenirs available at the National Gallery of Art's gift store. To share the exhibition experience with you, we found lots of beautiful images of home interiors through the National Gallery's website. The five images of interiors here are explained in the show. One is a Pompeian-inspired conference room in the U.S. Senate! Do you know which rooms are ancient and which room exists today on the Hill? See the answer and get more info below the jump ...

The photo shown above is of the Senate Appropriations Room and designed by Constantino Brumidi who was hired to create murals for the U.S. Capitol in 1855. The murals are based on Brumidi's study of Pompeian wall decoration.

Above is a "Side of an Apartment," a hand-colored engraving from John Goldicutt's "Specimens of Ancient Decorations from Pompeii" (London, 1825). Below are two watercolor drawings painted in the early 1900s to show how the "House of Centenary" in Pompeii may have looked in its prime.

Shown below is the oil painting "A Pompeian Interior" by Luig Bazzani (1882).

Learn more about the National Gallery of Art's exhibition "Pompeii and the Roman Villa" by clicking here.

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(Images: via the National Gallery of Art website)

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