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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Reinach residence

At the time of Art Nouveau’s heyday in Europe, an eccentric millionaire archaeologist Theodore Reinach and the architect Emmanuel Pontremoli built the villa Cyrilos on the Cote d’Azur. They copied and embellished the designs of buildings from Delos as revealed by the French Archaeological School. Italian craftsmen adapted the mosaic floors to the rooms’ functions. French painters (Jaulmes and Karbowsky) decorated the walls both richly and subtly. Orthomarmarosis, vertical multi-coloured slabs of marble, gave extra richness to the decoration, to which Reinach added Venetian furniture, English oil paintings and so on. The villa reflects Greek/Baroque aesthetics at the close of the 19th century.