The ''Fourth Style''


The fourth style is also called the ‘fantastic style’.
This type of decoration, characteristic of the second half of the first century A.D., is also the most prevalent in Pompei because many houses were redecorated in this style after the damage of the earthquake of 62 A.D.
In this period, the ornamentation of the walls becomes more complex and the composition of the scenes is less unified. Many elements, such as architectural perspective and the mythological scenes, are shared with the more recent styles, yielding decorative systems that range from very simple to highly elaborate. A trait of this style is the use of borders repeated numerous times in the same color, indicating perhaps the use of stamps.
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