A Roman Feast

Roberto Bompianilate 19th century

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Except for the portly man at the table's center, the figures are quintessential "Marble School" creatures, physically perfect, with soft, smooth skin as polished as the marble that surrounds them. Roberto Bompiani delighted in depicting varied textures and patterns, from the leopard-skin rug to the marble floor and table and a shimmering satin dress.

Bompiani did extensive research to create the effect of authenticity, though he often mixed styles and periods in one canvas. He based the frescoes and inlaid marble floor on Roman models, while the stone and bronze tables, lamps, and vessels depend variously on Greek, Roman, and Etruscan sources.
Bompiani's imaginary genre scenes of Roman life, told with a combination of photographic realism, idealization, and archaeological accuracy, became popular in the late 1800s.

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  • Title: A Roman Feast
  • Creator: Roberto Bompiani
  • Date: late 19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 127 x 163.8 cm (50 x 64 1/2 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Signature: Signed lower left: "Rto Bompiani"
  • Object Type: Painting
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 72.PA.4
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Paintings
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Paintings


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