The rooms of Roman houses of the first century were frequently covered with painted fresco decoration. In one style, continuous scenes covered the walls; in another, smaller scenes were framed against a solid background; and in the third style, delicate individual motifs, like this candelabrum, were used. The very tall, fanciful candleholder, ornamented with leaves, would have been an elegant echo in paint of a real bronze one that would have lighted the room.
Artist Roman
  • Section of a Wall Painting
Date between 25 and 75 CE
Medium plaster and pigment
Dimensions Framed: 104 × 20 × 4 5/8 inches (264.1 × 50.8 × 11.7 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Hill Memorial Fund
Accession Number 70.649
Department Greco-Roman and Ancient European
On View Ancient Greek and Roman S201, Level 2 (see map)
(Andre Emmerich Gallery);
1970-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Henshaw, Julia P., ed. A Visitors Guide: The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1995, p. 118 (ill.).