It is proper also not to pass over the painter of theItalian painters. Plautius temple at Ardea, especially as he was granted the citizenship of that place and honoured with an inscription on the picture, consisting in the following verses:
One Marcus Plautius, a worthy man, Adorned, with paintings worthy of this place,a The shrine of Juno, Queen of Spouse supreme, This Marcus Plautius, as men know, was born In Asia wide. Now, and hereafter always, Ardea applauds him for this work of art.
These lines are written in the antique Latin script. Nor must Spurius Tadiusb also, of the period of hisTadius late lamented Majesty Augustus, be cheated of his due, who first introduced the most attractive fashionBefore a.d. 37 of painting walls with pictures of country houses and porticoes and landscape gardens, groves, woods, hills, fish-ponds, canals, rivers, coasts, and whatever anybody could desire, together with various sketches of people going for a stroll or sailing in a boat or on land going to country houses riding on asses or in carriages, and also people fishing and fowling or hunting or even gathering the vintage. His works include splendid villas approached by roads across marshes,c men tottering and staggering along carrying women on their shoulders for a bargain, and a number of humorous drawings of that sort besides, extremely wittily designed. He
- aBut perhaps the right reading is Dignis digna. Lyco. . . ‘To the worthy, worthy reward; Lycon adorned . . . .’ I.e. the artist was M. Plautius Lycon, keeping his Greek name when he received a new one on becoming a citizen at Ardea.
- bOr Studius or Ludius. The reading is uncertain.
- cOr: ‘well known among his works are men approaching a country house across marshes . . . .’ The Latin text of much of this sentence is uncertain.