detail of a wall painting (fresco) from Herculaneum, Italy
ca. 62 - 79 CE.
Approx. 1’ 2” x 1’ 1.5”
Museo Nazionale, Naples.
Below: Frescoes of three vignettes of fruit, one of which is the painting above
1. What problem does this painting present in terms of trying to judge it as successful or not?
2. Why are we lucky to even have this example to look at?
3. What is a "convention" in art? What is the specific convention used in this painting?