Esquiline tomb painting

Esquiline tomb painting

Date Late 4th or early 3rd century BCE

Movement Roman

Medium Painted plaster

Dimension 34.5 x 17.75”

Housed at Museo Montemartini, Rome


Tomb paintings depicting major achievements of the deceased would have been displayed within and without, and would have served to elevate the familial status of later generations. Here, in the upper registers, Quintus Fabius engages Fannius, while in the lower registers, the Romans engage with the neighboring Samnites in battle.