Bisogno, A., watercolour after Pompeii Roman fresco, Vetti Cherub perfume makers, c. 1900


Original watercolour of a Roman fresco from the House of the Vettii, Pompeii 1st century AD, depicting cherubs busily making perfume, with several implements and unknown tools, a seated figure filling the products into bottles he selects from a magnificent open cabinet, on a black background set between two panels of ‘Pompeii Red’.
Signed lower right ‘A. Bisogno’
circa 1900.

visible 2.5×16.5cm

some minor marks

The original Roman mural this is depicting is located in the Pompeii house known as ‘The House of the Vettii’, painted on the walls of the triclinium. This house, excavated in 1894-95, derives its name from two bronze seals found near a strongbox in the atrium. The seals bore the names of two freedmen brothers, Aulus Vettius Restitutus and Aulus Vettius Conviva.

Similar works are signed VINCENZO BISOGO (Italian, born 1866). This ‘A’ Bisogo could be a sibling, or a child of Vincenzo. Their work appears to be finer & more sensitive to the original than the documented Vincenzo works…




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