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					Portrait of Terentius Neo and
his Wife
The Basics

                52 cm high
                62-79 AD
                Fourth Style Wall
                From a house attributed
                 to Pacuvius Proculus
                Proculus a baker, but
                 later evidence led
                 experts to change
                 house ID to Terentius
                 Neo, a lawyer
                Realistic
Description

Hair style
fashionable
1st century
BC
Artistic Features

                       Frontal styles, bodies
                        angled towards each other.
                        Head and torso only
                       Light and shade – careful
                        study of ambient light, with
                        highlights and shading
                        giving realism to clothing
                        and features
                       Skin tones – light and dark
                       Plain background – does
                        not distract
Conventions
Stylus and tablet
appear on other                 Sappho Portrait
Pompeian
paintings, e.g
Sappho. A motif
(artictic convention)
which was
                        Scroll significant
fashionable 1st cent
                        – Marriage
AD. May have no
                        contract?
connection to
                        Wedding picture?
subject matter.
Way she holds
tablet (diptych),
open so he can see
what is written –
message is that
there are no secrets
here
          A love of
Colours   browns
          and reds
Style – use arrows to match the points to
the painting
                         No attempt at idealisation
                         With his straggly moustache
                          and beard, large crease on his
                          forehead, big ears and rather
                          bony features, the young man
                          is no Apollo or Adonis
                         Women’s grace and elegance
                          contrasts her partner
                         One could almost conclude
                          that he is aware he is not her
                          social equal
                         Nevertheless, with his frank
                          and honest gaze, he creates a
                          sympathetic response in the
                          viewer

				
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