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Wall fresco painting (close-up).From the subterranean hall of the Villa of Livia at Prima Porta.40-20 BCE.Rome, Roman National Museum, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme(Roma, Museo nazionale romano, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme)Origin:The frescoes were discovered in 1863 in the course of excavations promoted by count Senni. In 1953 were transfered to the Baths of Diocletian. Since 1998 in Palazzo Massimo.Credits:© 2015. Photo: Ilya Shurygin.
The colorful plumage of the golden oriole (Oriolus oriolus) identifies the bird as being the male of the species. As a fruit eater, golden orioles would not have been considered a good guest in a garden where fruit bearing trees were growing but the bright colored plumage made him a popular bird in wall paintings. This particular wall painting is originally from the house of the golden bracelet in Pompeii.
Livia Drusilla (58 BC– AD 29), , aka Julia Augusta. via Stephen Ellcock