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  • Description

    Part of a wall painting showing followers of the wine-god Bacchus drinking and dancing in a garden.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 50 (circa)
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 21.5 centimetres
    • Length: 65 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Painting 24 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    2010 Jan - April, Nottingham, Lakeside Arts Centre, The University of Nottingham, 'Roman Sexuality: Images, Myths and Meanings'
    2014 Feb - May, Brading Roman Villa, Isle of Wight, Roman Sexuality: Images, Myths and Meanings

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    27 February 2000

    Treatment proposal

    Explore and stabilise the cracks. Fill and retouch. Stick Sorbothane to the painting's back and lower edge.


    The painting is in good condition. It has some light soiling. The crack filling material had loosened with vibration from the Great Court.

    Treatment details

    The old fillings were removed. The cracks were stabilised where possible with 20% Paraloid B72 in acetone and meths. The cracks were filled with slaked lime and retouched with water colours. All work was carried out under a microscope. Sorbothane rubber was stuck to the painting's back and lower edge with Paraloid glue.

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  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

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