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Regio I - Insula IV - Casa dei Dipinti (I,IV,4)

The House of the Paintings is one of two Hadrianic medianum apartments to the west of the large garden in the Insula of the Paintings. The apartment received light and was accessible from the garden and from the apparently unpaved Via dei Dipinti to the west.

The medianum (6) is flanked by the representative rooms 3 and 10, that have high ceilings. An internal staircase in room 9 led to the first floor. Other apartments on the upper floors were reached via stairwell 1.



Plan of the houses in the block, Hadrianic phase.
Ground floor (top) and first floor (bottom).
North is to the left. DeLaine 1995, fig. 5,2.

In the later second century some modifications took place in rooms 5 and 7. In the Severan period the doors leading from the garden to the medianum and to the external staircase were blocked. The south wall of room 10 is decorated with red and yellow paintings.



Plan of the houses in the block, Severan period.
Ground floor (top) and first floor (bottom).
North is to the left. DeLaine 1995, fig. 5,4.

Photographs



Room 10 seen from the west. Photograph: Jan Theo Bakker.


The paintings on the south wall of room 10. Photograph: Jan Theo Bakker.

[jthb - 18-Mar-2006]