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- Re-discovering and E-publishing the Foremost Luxury Villa Buried by Vesuvius (2019)
- Fresco Paintings of Villa A (2019)
- Sculptures of Villa A (2019)
- Stucco Decorations at Villa A (2020)
- The Pavements of Villa A (2020)
The application of fine plaster, or stucco, was an important element in the decoration of Roman houses and villas. In the second century BCE, a fashion for emulating Hellenistic art and architecture led to the adoption of Greek-style building and decorative elements.
Both ancient authors and modern historians describe the luxury villas surrounding the Bay of Naples, frequently evoking superlatives. They emphasize their great size, their commanding views, and their gardens and well as their decorative ensembles, including frescoes, pavements, and works of art.