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Sabina Savage: The Treasures of Pompeii Moodboard

The studio moodboard for The Treasures of Pompeii has a palette of antiqued, ancient hues taken from the walls of the historic city. Discover key elements of Sabina Savage’s research here, and view some of the images which inspired her designs.

This collection references the beautiful artworks and artifacts uncovered during the excavation of the Italian city of Pompeii, and most especially, the preserved remains of a helpless chained guard dog. Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, covering the city in volcanic ash and preserving a unique snapshot of Roman life. 

From the intricate stone mosaics and hand-painted frescoes to the ancient molded coins and figurative jewellery, the beauty and symbolism of the Roman arts are astounding. While ruthless and barbaric in a number of ways, their creativity holds a delicacy and complexity which is rarely found in the modern world. The exquisite Roman Lod Mosaic uncovered in Israel is also referenced in this collection, alongside the architecture and artworks of ancient Rome and the written accounts of Pliny the Younger.