La peinture murale en Narbonnaise au Ier s. ap. J.-C.

Abstract : The 1st century AD was a prolific period for mural painting in Gallia Narbonensis. It is not only the century which, according to our current documentary knowledge, gave the most numerous wall decorations, but it is also a very interesting period from a stylistic point of view. There is an evolution in styles coming from Italy: if the first half of the century is characterized by almost accurate copies of Italian models, in the second half of the 1st century AD, painters tend to have more liberty. This is particularly evident with the Fourth Pompeian style, the formal characteristics of which do not entirely match, and whose influence manifests itself more in the choice of patterns and ornamentations than in the decorative composition of the wall. The following article highlights the characteristics of this period’s décor, from its structure to the elements of ornamentation. There is an overabundance of so-called «panels and vertical fascias» compared to the false architectural decoration popular in Italy. A detailed study of ornaments allows a better understanding of the connection between the Third and Fourth Pompeian styles which inspired the teams of painters working in Gallia Narbonensis. However, whereas some observed patterns span several centuries, others appear, based on currently available archaeological documentation, to be characteristic of the 1st century AD.
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Ophélie Vauxion. La peinture murale en Narbonnaise au Ier s. ap. J.-C.. Yves Dubois; Urs Niffeler. Pictores per Provincia - Status Quaetionis. Actes du 13e Colloque de l’AIPMA Lausanne, 12–16 septembre 2016, pp.753-760, 2018, Antiqua, 978-3-908006-47-3. ⟨hal-01869975⟩

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