Scientists have successfully completed the restoration of one of the oldest Pompeian frescoes, which show hunting scenes, statues and temples. The fresco adorned the wall of the inner garden and was sure to delight the guests of the residence.
The property was discovered in Casa dei Ceii in the early 20th century. The house is dated even to the 2nd century BCE; researchers believe that the ornate domus belonged to a local official.
The unknown author of the fresco used appropriate proportions and an illusion to show space and depth. A multitude of details related to Egypt suggests that the owner of the house may have been interested in the state on the Nile.
Over the years, the wall fresco has lost its color. Lack of proper maintenance and poor restoration practices led to a gradual deterioration of the quality of the painting. Ultimately, however, the former splendor of the painting was regained.
Comparison of the fresco from Casa dei Ceii before and after restoration.