Portrait of Patrons
The portraits here are of Romans who owned villas around the bay and of citizens in the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Portraits of family members and ancestors were displayed in the public rooms of a house. Visitors first entered the atrium, a large hall with an opening in the roof to bring light to the interior and allow rainwater to catch in a rectangular basin in the floor. Just beyond the atrium was the tablinum, which served as an office and reception room for the master of the house.