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At first, on the ground floor, we go into the right wing. Many frescoes, small ones generally, nearly all taken from the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. They are the only ancient paintings from which we can judge of the art in these times. They are the only paintings extant of that epoch. Some of them are
as fine as the frescoes of the present age, many of them were for tradesmens signs. It seems to have been in fashion to cover the outer walls as well as the inner with frescoes, consequently many of these scrapes which the excavators have been able to save are very cheap and rude- There are hundreds of them. They delighted in Myths, Satyrs, Centaurs, Gods, Goddesses, both terrestrial and Marine-
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 In these same rooms are many mosaics- Their walls and columns were generally built of tuffa [sic] stone or composition and frescoed or covered with mosaics. There was a very good mosaic of the Guardian Dog which every good house thought to be indispensible for the vestibule floor, with the inscription “Cave Canem” (beware of the Dog-) The white spots are the parts lost. The museum contains many objects of interest from various parts of the world, but the first question that.