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A Roman Garden Reimagined

Livia's Garden wallcovering by Iksel, in a medieval castle in the South of France

The painted garden from the ancient Roman home of Livia, wife of the Emperor Augustus, is one of the treasures of Rome’s Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. Rediscovered in 1863, the frescoes were removed from their original site in 1951, and were installed in the museum in 1998. Now, any visitor can enjoy this exquisite scene of a cultivated natural world as seen through the eyes of the Romans, with pomegranate and cypress trees, neatly held back by a low trellis wall and thronged with birds.

Such a subject was perfect to add to the portfolio of Iksel Decorative Arts, which specialises in taking historical artworks, digitally scanning them and reproducing them in their own interpretations, suitable for interiors today. ‘Livia’s Garden’ is the result. The details are crisper than in the 2000-year-old faded original, but it retains every bit of charm, with four background colours available that were inspired by the times of day (pictured above is the sunset option). A complementary ceiling design is also available.

Find it at Iksel’s newly relocated showroom in the South Dome.

Iksel Decorative Arts, Ground Floor, South Dome