From my visit to Oplontis, these are some more pictures from this wonderful villa:
small section of mosaic floor at the back of the villa store room containing amphorae
bird in an architectural setting
plaster cast of carbonised
bi-fold doors, showing panels and hinges
I love going to such places, they are so full of inspiration and little details to delight and stimulate the imagination. Who paused with their feet resting on that piece of mosaic between two tall columns. Why was he or she looking out across the garden at the back of the villa. Did the wind rustle in the trees or the birds sing? Who else was nearby?
What was stored in each of those vessels
Why did the artist give the pigeon its almost human expression?
What secrets were kept behind those doors?
Who sat with their back against the wall next to those peacocks, resting from a swim in the pool close by?