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Herculaneum V.8. Casa del Bel Cortile or House of the Beautiful Courtyard.

Excavated 1937-38.

 

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Ins. V, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking south along Cardo IV Superiore.

V, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking south along Cardo IV Superiore.

 

V.8 Herculaneum, south end. May 2010. 
Remains of upper storey seen in exterior west wall of houses on east side of Cardo IV Superiore.

V.8 Herculaneum, south end. May 2010.

Remains of upper storey seen in exterior west wall of houses on east side of Cardo IV Superiore.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum, May 2010. Entrance doorway, looking north-east along Cardo IV Superiore.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2010. Looking south to entrance doorway to Casa del Bel Cortile, on east side of Cardo IV Superiore.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2010. Looking south to entrance doorway to Casa del Bel Cortile, on east side of Cardo IV Superiore.

 

V.11/8, Herculaneum. May 2003. Looking east to front facade.
On the left is the southern boundary of V.11, on the right with holes for the support beams of an upper floor, is part of V.8
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.11/8, Herculaneum. May 2003. Looking east to front facade.

On the left is the southern boundary of V.11, on the right with holes for the support beams of an upper floor, is part of V.8

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. May 2003. Looking east towards northern exterior from Cardo IV.
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2003. Looking east towards northern exterior from Cardo IV.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. May 2005. 
Detail of façade, showing small window from kitchen area, and holes for upper floor support beams. 
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2005.

Detail of façade, showing small window from kitchen area, and holes for upper floor support beams.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. May 2005. Looking south along upper west side, taken from V.10/9. 
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2005. Looking south along upper west side, taken from V.10/9.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. May 2003. Looking towards northern side of doorway on Cardo IV. 
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2003. Looking towards northern side of doorway on Cardo IV.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8, Herculaneum, on left. October 2015. Looking south on east side of Cardo IV Superiore, with upper floor, top left. V.7 and V.6, with their upper floors, can be seen on the right. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.8 Herculaneum, on left. October 2015. Looking south on east side of Cardo IV Superiore, with upper floor, top left.

V.7 and V.6, with their upper floors, can be seen on the right. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.8 Herculaneum, May 2010. Exterior south side of entrance doorway, west wall of houses on east side of Cardo IV Superiore.

V.8 Herculaneum, May 2010. Exterior south side of entrance doorway, west wall of houses on east side of Cardo IV Superiore.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. May 2003. Looking towards southern side of doorway on Cardo IV.  
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2003. Looking towards southern side of doorway on Cardo IV.  

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. May 2003. 
Looking east towards exterior south side of doorway, with window to low wide rectangular room.  Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2003.

Looking east towards exterior south side of doorway, with window to room 1, the low wide rectangular room.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. May 2003. 
Looking east towards exterior frontage, the middle window giving light into room 8.
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2003.

Looking east towards exterior frontage, the middle window giving light into room 8.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8 Herculaneum, May 2010. Detail of window in exterior west wall of houses on east side of Cardo IV Superiore.

V.8 Herculaneum, May 2010. Detail of window in exterior west wall of houses on east side of Cardo IV Superiore.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. May 2003. Looking east towards exterior frontage, with window giving light into room 9.
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2003. Looking east towards exterior frontage, with window giving light into room 9.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. May 2003. Looking east towards exterior frontage, with window giving light into room 10.
On the upper floor is a doorway into one of the rooms with preserved decoration.
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2003. Looking east towards exterior frontage, with window giving light into room 10.

On the upper floor is a doorway into one of the rooms with preserved decoration.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8 Herculaneum, May 2010. Detail of window in exterior west wall of houses on east side of Cardo IV Superiore.

V.8 Herculaneum, May 2010. Detail of window in exterior west wall of houses on east side of Cardo IV Superiore.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Looking towards entrance doorway on east side of Cardo IV. Superiore. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.
According to Maiuri, this house of small proportions was particularly interesting because of the novelty of its plan. There is no vestibule or entrance fauces, instead of which one enters a low wide rectangular room which leads to other rooms.
See Maiuri, Amedeo, (1977). Herculaneum. 7th English ed, of Guide books to the Museums Galleries and Monuments of Italy, No.53 (p.45).

V.8 Herculaneum. October 2014. Looking towards entrance doorway on east side of Cardo IV. Superiore.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

According to Maiuri, this house of small proportions was particularly interesting because of the novelty of its plan.

There is no vestibule or entrance fauces, instead of which one enters a low wide rectangular room which leads to other rooms.

See Maiuri, Amedeo, (1977). Herculaneum. 7th English ed, of Guide books to the Museums Galleries and Monuments of Italy, No.53 (p.45).

 

Herculaneum V.8 May 2018 Room 1, doorway threshold. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

Herculaneum V.8 May 2018 Room 1, doorway threshold. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 1, looking north across low wide rectangular room. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. May 2003. Room 1, looking towards north and east wall. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2003. Room 1, looking towards north and east wall. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, looking towards north wall. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, looking towards north wall. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, remains of painted decoration on north wall. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, remains of painted decoration on north wall. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, detail from north wall. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, detail from north wall. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 1, detail from north wall. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, detail from north wall. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, detail from north wall. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013. Room 1, north wall of entrance hall, with small doorway to kitchen area.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006. Room 1, small doorway in north wall of entrance hall. 

 

V.8, Herculaneum. May 2004. Room 1, north wall, detail of small doorway into room 2, the kitchen. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2004. Room 1, north wall, detail of small doorway into room 2, the kitchen.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, north wall of entrance hall, with detail of painted decoration from east end of wall.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 1, north wall of entrance hall, with detail of painted decoration from east end.  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.8 Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 1, north wall of entrance hall, with detail of painted decoration from east end of wall.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, looking through small doorway into kitchen. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, looking through small doorway into kitchen. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 1, looking through small doorway into kitchen. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 2, kitchen. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 2, kitchen. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013. Room 2, kitchen. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, looking towards north-east corner. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, looking towards north-east corner. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. May 2004. Room 1, looking towards north-east corner. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2004. Room 1, looking towards north-east corner. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 1, looking towards east side at north end. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.8 Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 1, looking towards east side at north end. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 1, flooring of small corridor on east side, with doorway to room 5, on left. 
The corridor is on the north side of the small tablinum, and looks onto the raised courtyard. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.8 Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 1, flooring of small corridor on east side, with doorway to room 5, on left.

The corridor is on the north side of the small tablinum, and looks onto Area 4, the raised courtyard. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, north wall of small corridor, with doorway to Room 5, on right.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. October 2014. 
Room 1, looking towards east side, through tablinum towards courtyard area, with small corridor on either side.
Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.8 Herculaneum. October 2014.

Room 1, looking towards east side, through tablinum towards courtyard area, with small corridor on either side.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. May 2004. Detail of mosaic threshold separating room 1, from room 3, north end. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2004. Detail of mosaic threshold separating room 1, from room 3, north end.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. May 2004. Detail of mosaic threshold separating room 1, from room 3, central section.  Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2004. Detail of mosaic threshold separating room 1, from room 3, central section. 

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. May 2004. Detail of mosaic threshold separating room 1, from room 3, central section.  Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2004. Detail of mosaic threshold separating room 1, from room 3, central section. 

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. May 2004. Detail of mosaic threshold separating room 1, from room 3, south end. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2004. Detail of mosaic threshold separating room 1, from room 3, south end.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. Room 1, east wall, above doorway to tablinum. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.8 Herculaneum. Room 1, east wall, above doorway to tablinum. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018.

Looking north-west from small corridor on south side of tablinum, towards Room 1.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Looking east towards north wall of small corridor on south side of tablinum.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Looking east towards north wall of small corridor on south side of tablinum.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006. Room 1, looking south-west from end of small corridor on south side of tablinum.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, looking east along small corridor on south side of tablinum.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, looking east towards steps in small corridor on south side of tablinum.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, east wall in south-east corner, with small corridor (on left).
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, east wall in south-east corner, with small corridor (on left).

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 1, looking towards south side. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2018. Room 1, looking towards south side. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

 

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