Mural Paintings in Pompeii: Subject, Style & Technique


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What was the purpose of First Style murals?

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1. How did Second Style murals create an impression of spatial depth?

2. What made the Third Style different than the other styles?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo explains the four different styles and time frames historians now use to categorize Pompeii's murals, and will help you understand the characteristics of each era and how they represent the evolution of Roman painting.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Characteristics of the First Style
  • Depictions of space and depth
  • Third Style murals
  • Preservation of the murals
  • Elements of the Fourth Style of mural painting

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets you practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge of the four styles of murals of Pompeii
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the Second and Third Styles of Roman mural painting
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the murals of Pompeii to answer questions about the characteristics of each different style

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Mural Paintings in Pompeii: Subject, Style & Technique. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the function of frescoes
  • Know some of the important facts on the Roman city of Pompeii
  • Explain how historians categorize the murals of Pompeii
  • Understand the characteristics of the four styles of mural painting
  • Know the dates of each style