Catacombs: Galleries of Roman Painting in the Late Empire

The ornamentation of walls and ceilings within the catacombs reflected the variations and developments in the art of Rome in the late Empire—from a post-Pompeian compartmentalized style to an impressionistic compendiaria technique, from realism to illusionism and the classicizing, ennobling stile bello.


Cavernous City of the Dead
8 Tier upon tier of burial niches or loculi are visible in the Christian catacomb of Domitilla, named for the wealthy patroness who granted part of her estate to her dependents and members of various sects as a burial site.

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