Project 3: Insula IX, 5 at Pompeii as a context of decorative systems

Pelias, king of Iolcos, stops on the steps of a temple as he recognises young Jason by his missing sandal.
Pelias, king of Iolcos, stops on the steps of a temple as he recognises young Jason by his missing sandal.public domain, source

 

WP 3 further supports the approach of the first project part. In difference to WP1 its goal is not to examine the history of decorative principles in general. It should furthermore increase our knowledge of the interplay between different decorative elements in the specific context of an Insula.

Differing from recent studies the project examines the smaller houses of Insula IX 5. One part of the Analysis is therefore focused on the question in which way the limited space influenced the choice of Décor. It should also be discussed in which way the décor is related to the architecture. Together with the architecture, the project will examine the infrastructure such as the use of light and available water supply. Both elements can be exploited in their use as décor. The preserved decorative elements were therefore replenished with information from reports, photography’s, drawings and paintings from the time of the excavation.

As most of the decorative elements belonging to the fourth style the project emphasis on the last period of Pompeii prior to its destruction 79 AD. The chronology and architecture provide a framework in which the aesthetical and semantical interplay between different decorative elements and the way it is perceived in build space can be examined. Beside the effect created by decor, it is important to analyse the strategies executed by the owners to redecorate the houses. In conclusion, the decorative structures of the Insula will be related to gain further information about the decorative structures in general.