Presentation on theme: "Terentius Neo and wife Date: after 62 AD Dimensions: 65 cm high x 58 cm long Technique: Fresco Style: Early Fourth Style wall Pompeii."— Presentation transcript:
Terentius Neo and wife Date: after 62 AD Dimensions: 65 cm high x 58 cm long Technique: Fresco Style: Early Fourth Style wall Pompeii
Terentius Neo and wife Name: Baker was thought to have owned the house where the portrait Pacuvius Proculus – a was found. OR The house may have been owned by Terentius Neo – a lawyer.
Terentius Neo and wife Woman Red ribbon (signifies married woman) Chestnut coloured hair in curls Winged eye-brows Light pink skin tone Clearly quite young Eyes wide and almond shaped Stylus Hinged wooden writing tablet Red/purple dress (aristocratic)
Terentius Neo and wife Man Short (and fashionable!) haircut Large crease on forehead Darker skin tone Straggly beard and ‘tache Scroll with wax seal Big ears
Terentius Neo and wife Figures overlap Frontal aspect Typical southern Italian features Skin tones reflect some Greek influence – lighter for the woman Background is plain and light-coloured which complements and does not detract from the subject – typically Pompeian red frame.
Terentius Neo and wife Study in ambient light, with highlights and shading to give a realistic modelling of both features and clothes. Frontal aspect – couple’s bodies are angled SLIGHTLY towards each other, with faces forward. Only head and torso are considered important.
Terentius Neo and wife Artistic conventions: Scroll – maybe a marriage scroll (which would make this a wedding picture) Stylus and tablet are more conventional – and can be seen in other Pompeian paintings…even the pose is replicated elsewhere
Artistic conventions: Fashionable to portray women with stylus and wax tablet – we can’t assume that she was literate. It is, however, being held open to her husband…some commentators have suggested this indicates openness between the couple?