Pompeii in Stockolm: A focus on content

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter


The article treats the experience of Swedish designers, architects and sculptors, who travelled to Pompeii over some 200 years, from the 1760s to the 1920s, and their subsequent appropriation of the Pompeian idiom for creations in Stockholm and surroundings. It puts forth that the kind of premises found appropriate for decorations in Pompeian derivation varied over time, from Royal pleasure houses, sculptors' showrooms to bourgeois homes and apartment houses and, finally, to popular entertainment rooms. It argues that the Pompeian idiom in its Swedish translation was associated early with modernist ideas and later on with socially aware contents.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Architecture
  • Design


  • Reception, appropriations, discourses, designs, travelers, Villa Byström, Rånäs Place, Haga Pavilion, Scandia-teatern, Metropol Palais, Asplund, Milles
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReturns to Pompeii
Subtitle of host publicationInterior space and decoration documented and revived 18th-20th century
EditorsShelley Hales, Anne-Marie Leander Touati
Place of PublicationStockolm
PublisherSvenska institutet i Rom
ISBN (Print)978-91-7042-183-9
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameSkrifter utgivna av Svenska institutet i Rom
ISSN (Print)0081-993X

Bibliographic note

Text accompanied by 36 illustrations

Related research output

Anne-Marie Leander Touati (ed.) & Shelley Hales (ed.), 2016 Dec, Stockholm: Svenska institutet i Rom. 307 p. (Skrifter utgivna av de svenska institutet i Rom 4o / Acta Instituti Romani Regni Suecia in 4o; vol. 62)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology (editor)

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Related projects

Anne-Marie Leander Touati, Margareta Staub Gierow, Arja Karivieri, Renée Forsell, Thomas Staub, Danilo Marco Campanaro, Stefan Lindgren, Hans Thorwid & Mats Holmlund


Project: Research

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