Date

2019 12:00 AM

Major

Interior Design

Department

Interior Design

College

Design

Project Advisor

Diane Al Shiihabi

Description

This project focused on the history and preservation of Roman frescoes in domūs and villas in Pompeii and Herculaneum and is the result of an independent study with Dr. Diane Al Shihabi, in the Department of Interior Design, at Iowa State University. This research asked (1) What is the nature of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and what was the magnitude of the cataclysmic event that caused two communities to be covered with layers of ash and magma, (2) What are the circumstances that facilitated the preservation of frescoes prior to excavation, and (3) How did the Roman classical design influences spread to other parts of Italy? The research process included direct analysis and documentation of residential buildings in Pompeii and Herculaneum, using photography and videography, and the examination of historical literature and other documents at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy and the Palazzo Massimo Museum in Rome, Italy. Evidence was synthesized in a written research paper and visually interpreted through a documentary film. Findings broaden knowledge of Roman frescoes in Pompeii and Herculaneum and add a Generation Z’s perspective to the scholarship of Roman classical ruins.

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Jan 1st, 12:00 AM

The Frescoes of Pompeii & Herculaneum: A View of History, Excavation, & Preservation from Generation Z

This project focused on the history and preservation of Roman frescoes in domūs and villas in Pompeii and Herculaneum and is the result of an independent study with Dr. Diane Al Shihabi, in the Department of Interior Design, at Iowa State University. This research asked (1) What is the nature of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and what was the magnitude of the cataclysmic event that caused two communities to be covered with layers of ash and magma, (2) What are the circumstances that facilitated the preservation of frescoes prior to excavation, and (3) How did the Roman classical design influences spread to other parts of Italy? The research process included direct analysis and documentation of residential buildings in Pompeii and Herculaneum, using photography and videography, and the examination of historical literature and other documents at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy and the Palazzo Massimo Museum in Rome, Italy. Evidence was synthesized in a written research paper and visually interpreted through a documentary film. Findings broaden knowledge of Roman frescoes in Pompeii and Herculaneum and add a Generation Z’s perspective to the scholarship of Roman classical ruins.