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Domus: Wall Painting in the Roman House (Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum) Hardcover – 1 Oct 2004


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: J Paul Getty Trust Publications,US (1 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892367660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892367665
  • Product Dimensions: 33.3 x 4.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,513,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pilou on 2 Aug 2010
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Whether you are a classical art student, a Roman history enthusiast or quite simply a fan of the antiquity, this book is an absolute must have. Printed on superior quality paper, the colour photographs of paintings in Pompeii, Herculaneum and other areas are simply stunning. I have seen many books on the subject of Roman wall paintings and truly this book is the closest you will get to the real paintings in Pompeii and other locations. I have visited these sites many times and this is the most faithful rendition of the beauty and incredible workmanship the Romans left us.
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A Must Have Book 30 Jan 2006
By David A. Wend - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw a copy of Domus while in Naples and knew I would have to order a copy when I returned home. The book is beautifully produced with an excellent essay by Donatella Mazzolini on the architecture of Roman houses, focusing on those under discussion in Pompeii, Herculaneum and Rome. This is followed by an essay by Umberto Pappalando on the Domus Romana, focusing on the development of houses and gardens. As good as these essays are it is the pages dealing with the houses themselves that is jaw-dropping. The houses are arranged in sections following the development of the Roman domus and include color pictures and diagrams of the houses. There are short introductions to the homes followed by a portfolio section consisting of close up pictures of the frescos printed on non-glossy textured paper that gives a better impression of how the painting appears to the observer. These reproductions are superb.

The choice of buildings is impressive. There are far too many to list but among them are: from Pompeii the House of the Faun, the House of Julius Polybius, the Villa of Mysteries, the House of the Golden Bracelet, the House of the Tragic Poet and the House of the Labyrinth; from Herculaneum: the Samnite House, the House of the Skeleton, the House of the Grand Portal, the Collegium of the Augustales; from Rome: the House of the Griffins, Livia's House on the Palatine and at Prima Porta and the Domus Aurea. The Villa of Poppea at Oplontis gets special attention in the book, and a fresco from the house appears on the cover.

This book is a must for anyone interested in ancient Roman houses and their decoration. If you have even visited Pompeii, Herculaneum and the other villas destroyed by Mount Vesuvius you will enjoy this book.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous in every respect 6 Jan 2006
By Prof Wombat - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful work in all respects - scholarship, printing, presentation, photography. Some of the paintings are more like wall paper samples, the paper and printing is that good.

Another great work in the Getty catalog. A must have for any serious student of Roman Art/Architecture.
Absolutely Spectacular! 23 Feb 2009
By J. Radakovich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book exceeded every expectation with a superb layout, and possibly the best quality reproductions I've seen in any art book.
Worth every penny, my compliments to the publisher for making this available!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful but pricey 5 Dec 2008
By Edward Yarborough - Published on Amazon.com
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Many lovely color photos, but I was dismayed to note a surprising number of editorial oversights/mistakes in the text, very disappointing in a work this expensive from such a classy publisher. "Pompeii: the History, Life and Art of the Buried City," published by White Star, is equally beautiful but considerably less expensive and thus a better value.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful book 1 Aug 2009
By ADF - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this book while on a trip to Rome and purchased it for my husband after we returned. It arrived in flawless shape. I would not hesitate to buy from this vendor.
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