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House of the Tuscan Colonnade (Casa del Colonnato Tuscanico) (Herculaneum)

House of the Tuscan Colonnade (Casa del Colonnato Tuscanico) (Herculaneum)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House of the Tuscan Colonnade (Casa del Colonnato Tuscanico) (Herculaneum)The house with the Tuscan colonnade is named after the Central colonnade. House with a Tuscan colonnade, located on Decumanus street. This Villa probably belonged to a patrician at the time of the eruption, but the house was originally a small Samnite building, which was later enlarged. The original Tuscan colonnade House originally consisted of several rooms around a Central atrium (d). The house was significantly expanded in the early years of the first century ad, when additional land was acquired by merging with a second house with an entrance (K) on Cardo III street. The added area allowed the addition of a Tuscan colonnade and an internal garden (g).
 
The house with its Tuscan colonnade was rebuilt again after the earthquake of 62 ad, when two of its street rooms (rooms (b) and (c)) facing Decumanus Maximus street were turned into shops. Business owner apparently came to a deplorable state and had to survive. The store (b) on the West side of the entrance to the house is quite poorly preserved and is now in very poor condition. However, the store (C) on the East side of the entrance is much better preserved and retains most of its interior including frescoes executed in the third style. The decoration consists of alternating red and blue panels above the lower black frieze. The upper zone consists of blue and white panels containing mythical architecture and female figures on a red background.
 
The corridor (a), whose frescoes are only partially preserved, opens into a fairly simple square atrium (d) or living room. The atrium has a Central marble recess where the rainwater collection pool was located. The frescoes on the walls are only partially preserved. There are only a few traces of the original decoration in the fourth style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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