The Museum’s collection of Greek and Roman art consists of more than seventeen thousand works spanning in date from the Neolithic period (ca. 4500 B.C.) to the time of the Roman emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity in A.D. 312. It contains the art of many cultures and is considered one of the most complete in North America.
During the first century B.C., artists decorating the villas of Roman patrons developed a style of wall painting in which richly colored architectural scenes created the illusion of receding space. Found especially in the region of Campania, these paintings include the Museums extraordinary panels from a villa at Boscoreale (Roman, Late Republican, ca. 50-40 B.C.), which are among the most important of this type to survive from antiquity. The luxurious imaginary settings evoked the splendor of the palaces and pavilions of Hellenistic rulers, whose kingdoms had been conquered by Rome. Our enchanting scarf features a trompe loeil scene from one of these dazzling ancient Roman frescoes. Silk crêpe de chine. Imported. 64” x 20”.
Silk crêpe de chine
64” x 20”