About This Artwork

Roman

Relief Fragments Depicting a Winged Woman and Two Deer, Early 1st century AD

Stucco, pigment, and gold
40.2 x 55 cm (15 7/8 x 21 5/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Edith Healy Hill, 1922.4429

Inside some Roman houses, baths, and tombs, multiple layers of slow-drying stucco were applied to rough stone walls and divided into panels that were then painted. While the surface was still damp, fresh stucco was applied and modeled into decorative motifs and figures, which were left white to contrast with the painted background. These two relief panels likely came from the same building. The right panel depicts a seated woman extending her right arm toward a slender griffin (a mythological creature combining a feline body and an avian head) with raised wings. The left panel shows a winged female figure flanked by two deer and standing on a delicate tendril motif.

—Permanent collection label


This work appears in the online catalogue Roman Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, featuring art historical essays and conservation reports on artworks from the ancient Roman world in the Art Institute’s collection. Entries include new high-resolution photography, stunning 360-degree views of the works, and in-depth technical imaging and analysis. The volume is free to the public.

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Rockford (Ill.) College, 1949–63, no cat.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Ancient Art Galleries, Gallery 156, April 20, 1994 - February 6, 2012.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Of Gods and Glamour: The Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art, Gallery 152, November 11, 2012 - present.

Publication History

Sandra E. Knudsen, “Cats. 157-158 Two Groups of Relief Fragments: Curatorial Entry,” in Roman Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (Art Institute of Chicago, 2016).

Rachel C. Sabino, “Cats. 157-158 Two Groups of Relief Fragments: Technical Report,” in Roman Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (Art Institute of Chicago, 2016).

Karen Alexander and Mary Greuel, Private Taste in Ancient Rome: Selections from Chicago Collections, exh. brochure (Art Institute of Chicago, 1990), cat. 30 (1922.4428), cat. 31 (1922.4429).

Marguerite B. Williams, “Stucco Reliefs from Nero’s Palace,” Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago 17, 2 (Feb. 1923), pp. 15–16.

Art Institute of Chicago, “Accessions and Loans,” Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago 16, 7 (Dec. 1922), p. 99.




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