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

Excavated 1937-38.

 

Plan

 

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

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

 

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

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2010.

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

 

Ins. V.8 May 2010. Exterior side, west wall of houses on east side of Cardo IV Superiore.

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

 

Ins. V.8 May 2010. Window in exterior west wall of houses on east side of Cardo IV Superiore.

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

 

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

 

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V.8 Herculaneum, May 2010. Down-pipe in exterior west wall of houses on east side of Cardo IV Superiore. 

 

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IV.8, Herculaneum. May 2010. Looking north-east along Cardo IV Superiore towards entrance doorway.

 

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

 

Cardo IV Superiore, Herculaneum. Looking north along Cardo IV Superiore towards Insula V., during excavations.1935.  Photo by Fratelli Alinari (I.D.E.A.). Alinari No 43312.  V.6, the doorway to the wine/food shop is on the right.  V.7, the doorway to Casa di Nettuno e Anfitrite or House of Neptune and Amphitrite and upper floor, is in the centre.  V.8, is the area still being excavated beneath props holding wall up, on left.  Used with the permission of the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford. File name instarchbx116im012 Resource ID 42241.

Cardo IV Superiore, Herculaneum. Looking north along Cardo IV Superiore towards Insula V., during excavations.1935.

Photo by Fratelli Alinari (I.D.E.A.). Alinari No 43312.

V.6, the doorway to the wine/food shop is on the right.

V.7, the doorway to Casa di Nettuno e Anfitrite or House of Neptune and Amphitrite and upper floor, is in the centre.

V.8, is the area still being excavated beneath props holding wall up, on left.

Used with the permission of the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford. File name instarchbx116im012 Resource ID 42241.

See photo on University of Oxford HEIR database

 

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2015. Looking south to entrance doorway to Casa del Bel Cortile, on east side of Cardo IV Superiore.  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2015. Looking south to entrance doorway to Casa del Bel Cortile, on east side of Cardo IV Superiore.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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.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. 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).

 

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

 

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

 

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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. 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.

 

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

 

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

 

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V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 1, looking towards east side, through tablinum towards courtyard area.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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

 

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V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006. Room 1, south wall of entrance hall. On the left is the corridor leading to rooms 9 and 10.

In the centre is the doorway of room 8. 

 

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V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 1, south side. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 8, painted decoration on south wall. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Painted wall decoration from room on west of corridor.  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 9, painted wall decoration from south wall of room on west of corridor.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Painted wall decoration from room on west of corridor.  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014.

Room 9, painted wall decoration from east wall andsouth-east corner of room on west of corridor.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 9, looking towards east wall of room on west of corridor, photo taken through window. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014.

Room 9, looking towards east wall of room on west of corridor, photo taken through window. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006. Looking south along corridor to rooms 9 and 10. 

 

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Looking south from end of corridor, into an unnumbered room. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Looking south from end of corridor, into an unnumbered room.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Looking south into unnumbered room at end of corridor.  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Looking south into unnumbered room at end of corridor.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Looking south-east from unnumbered room at end of corridor into room 10.
Photo courtesy of Mentnafunangann (Own work). Use subject to CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Looking south-east from unnumbered room at end of corridor into room 10.

Photo courtesy of Mentnafunangann (Own work). Use subject to CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006. Room 3, looking across the small tablinum towards the east side of the “beautiful” courtyard, area 4.   The raised courtyard had no impluvium but the inclination let the rain water flow into a gutter and a well.

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006. Room 3, looking across the small tablinum towards the east side of the “beautiful” courtyard, area 4. 

The raised courtyard had no impluvium, but the inclination of the flooring let the rain water flow into a gutter and a well.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Modern compluvium in the ceiling of the raised courtyard.  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Modern compluvium in the ceiling of the raised courtyard.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013. Room 3, north wall of small tablinum. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013. Area 4, looking towards the north-west corner of the courtyard.

The north wall of the small tablinum is on the left. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 3, painted upper east wall of small tablinum.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013. Room 3, painted upper east wall of small tablinum.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Area 4, looking north towards room 5. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Area 4, looking north across flooring.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006. Area 4, looking north across flooring in courtyard. 

 

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V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013. Area 4, detail of white mosaic floor with hooked black crosses, in courtyard.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013. Area 4, looking east across courtyard from tablinum. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.8 Herculaneum, 1957. Looking towards east side of courtyard. Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.
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V.8 Herculaneum, 1957. Area 4, looking towards east side of courtyard. Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.

Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details.

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V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006. Area 4.

Looking across the courtyard towards the arched recess in east wall under stairs. 

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006. Area 4, detail of painted arched recess under the stairs.  
According to Maiuri, in the courtyard there is a flight of masonry stairs and a gallery with a parapet soberly painted. Under the staircase, on the ground wall there is a painting of a leafy vine-branch, giving the impression of a garden trellis in the open air.
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. May 2006. Area 4, detail of painted arched recess under the stairs. 

According to Maiuri, in the courtyard there is a flight of masonry stairs and a gallery with a parapet soberly painted.

Under the staircase, on the ground wall there is a painting of a leafy vine-branch, giving the impression of a garden trellis in the open air.

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, 1957. Area 4, arched recess under the masonry stairs.

Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.

Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details.

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V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013. Area 4, east wall of courtyard, with masonry stairs.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013. Area 4, masonry stairs on east side of “beautiful” courtyard.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013. Area 4, upper masonry landing on north side, at top of stairs.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006. Area 4, upper masonry landing.  

 

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V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Area 4, looking north towards room 5. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013. Area 4, looking towards north-west corner.

Photo taken from near room 7, the large salon. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. October 2001. Room 7, looking north through east side of doorway into the courtyard, with steps to upper landing.  Photo courtesy of Peter Woods.

V.8 Herculaneum. October 2001.

Room 7, looking north through east side of doorway into the courtyard, with steps to upper landing.  

Photo courtesy of Peter Woods.

 

V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013. Room 7, threshold and floor of the large salon. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013. Room 7, threshold and floor of the large salon. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 7, looking towards east wall and north-east corner, with blocked doorway.  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.
Guidobaldi and Esposito wrote - “The grand salon (7) was originally part of the adjacent House of the Bicentenary and probably used as a triclinium.”
See Guidobaldi, M.P. and Esposito, D. (2013). Herculaneum: Art of the Buried City. U.S.A, Abbeville Press, (p.171).

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 7, looking towards east wall and north-east corner, with blocked doorway.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

Guidobaldi and Esposito wrote - “The grand salon (7) was originally part of the adjacent House of the Bicentenary and probably used as a triclinium.”

See Guidobaldi, M.P. and Esposito, D. (2013). Herculaneum: Art of the Buried City. U.S.A, Abbeville Press, (p.171).

 

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V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006. Room 7, looking south along east wall of large salon. 

 

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V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 7, south wall, looking west. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 7, south wall, looking east. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006. Room 7, marble relief of Aurora in carriage, hanging from south wall but actually found in fragments in Cardo V.  
See Guidobaldi, M.P. (2009). Ercolano, guida agli scavi. Electa Napoli, (p.90)

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006.

Room 7, marble relief of Aurora in carriage, hanging from south wall but actually found in fragments in Cardo V.  

See Guidobaldi, M.P. (2009). Ercolano, guida agli scavi. Electa Napoli, (p.90).

 

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V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 7, south wall, looking west. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 7, south wall, looking east.  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006. Room 7, marble relief of Tramonto hanging from south wall, but actually found in fragments in Cardo V.  See Guidobaldi, M.P. (2009). Ercolano, guida agli scavi. Electa Napoli, (p.90)

V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006.

Room 7, marble relief of Tramonto in carriage, hanging from south wall, but actually found in fragments in Cardo V.  

See Guidobaldi, M.P. (2009). Ercolano, guida agli scavi. Electa Napoli, (p.90).

 

V.8 Herculaneum. October 2001. Room 7, looking north through west side of doorway into the courtyard, with small tablinum, centre left. Photo courtesy of Peter Woods.

V.8 Herculaneum. October 2001.

Room 7, looking north through west side of doorway into the courtyard, with small tablinum, centre left.

Photo courtesy of Peter Woods.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013. Room 7, painted cupid from west side of north wall of the large salon.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006. Room 7, looking south along west wall of large salon.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 7, detail from west wall. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.  The middle areas of the walls were painted with a yellow background, this was then reddened by the heat of the volcanic surges.

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 7, detail from west wall. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

The middle areas of the walls were painted with a yellow background, this was then reddened by the heat of the volcanic surges.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013.

Room 4, looking north across the courtyard towards doorway to room 5, from the large salon.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 5, north wall of oecus, and north-east corner.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 5, west wall of oecus, and north-west corner.
Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 5, west wall of oecus, and north-west corner.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013. Room 5, north wall of oecus, and north-east corner.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006. Room 5, detail from north wall of oecus. 

 

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V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 5, detail from east wall of oecus. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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V.8 Herculaneum. May 2006. Room 5, north wall of two rooms, one above the other.

The one shown in the upper part of the photo is separated by the flooring with the remains of the wooden beams, from the north wall of room 5 in the lower part of the photo.  

 

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V.8 Herculaneum, August 2013. Room 5, upper north wall, and north wall of room above.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.8, Herculaneum. October 2014. Room 5, upper north wall, and north wall of room above.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.