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“…there was discovered towards the east, in the proximity of the substructures a room with painted walls in a good condition representing fruit trees, and flowers, with various birds, the vault completely ruined, and the stuccoes which used to surround them found amongst the rubble which filled the room.”
Thus read a report sent to the Pontifical State upon discovery of the paintings in 1863.
The so-called “Garden Paintings” of the Villa ad Gallinas Albas (commonly called the Villa of Livia) are a stunning example of ancient Roman wall painting. The paintings totally cover the walls of a semi-subterranean triclinium (dining) room, and depict an extraordinary and highly realistic garden.