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File:Villa of Mysteries (Pompeii)-20.jpg Vermilion is a brilliant red or scarlet pigment originally made from the powdered mineral cinnabar, and is also the name of the resulting color.[2] It was widely used in the art and decoration of Ancient Rome, in the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, in the paintings of the Renaissance, and in the art and lacquerware of China, where it is often called "Chinese Red".

The bright vermilion murals in the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii (before 79 AD) were painted with ground and powdered cinnabar, the most expensive red pigment of the time.

Detail of the pteruges of the cuirass from a marble statue

Detail of the fringe on the cuirass worn by the emperor Titus (A. in a full-length portrait from the Augusteum at Herculaneum. Displayed in the Roman Curia in Fall,

Frescoes in the atrium, House of the Vettii, Pompeii ~ I got to see these up close almost 2 years ago

Frescoes in the atrium, House of the Vettii, Pompeii, photo: Irene Norman, (CC BY-NC


Pompeii -- Roman Fresco -- Excavated from the 'Villa D'Este' at Pompeii.

A cooking hearth at Pompeii. Photo by Carolyn Conne

A cooking hearth at Pompeii. One such oven was discovered to have bread inside when excavated