House of the Cryptoporticus, Pompeii

Banner Images: Parco Archeologico di Pompei in the shadow of Versuvius; Dr Thea Ravasi in The House of the Cryptoporticus, Pompeii; view inside the House of the Cryptoporticus with remnants of Roman Wall painting and stucco work; elaborate wall paintings in the House of the Cryptoporticus Bathroom; view towards the rear entrance of the House of the Cryptoporticus; surviving marble Venus figure from the Parco Archeologico di Pompei collection; amphoras in the House of the Cryptoporticus.


Expanded Interiors is developing a site-specific installation for the House of the Cryptoporticus (CdC) in response to its unique structure, decoration, and rich history.

The house was originally excavated under the direction of Vittorio Spinazzola between 1911 and 1919, and under Amedeo Maiuri between 1927-1929. It features a large underground passageway (cryptoporticus) and a small bath complex, both of which are rare features in Pompeian houses. They are decorated with recently restored exquisite Second Style Roman wall paintings that have distinctive designs: an unfolding frieze as part of a sequence of panels and herms in the cryptoporticus, and complex architectural designs that shape illusionistically the walls of the baths. These extraordinary spaces and wall paintings allow Expanded Interiors to explore a variety of artistic strategies of the Roman painters, and to respond with site-specific installations, that will incorporate replicas of Roman objects.

The installation at the House of the Cryptoporticus in Pompeii also complements the Expanded Interiors installation at the House of the Beautiful Courtyard in Herculaneum. Both houses have distinctive spaces, that have strongly contrasting physical qualities and specific private/public functions. They are adorned with particular types of wall paintings, and will allow for the development of different, yet connected contemporary fine-art installations.