Arcadian Retreat (1996)
Inspired by a gift of a Pompeian fresco fragment, Rauschenberg derived imagery for the series from photos he took in Turkey when he attended the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) in June 1996. Similar to the method used for Waterworks (1992–95) and Anagrams (1995–97), Rauschenberg transferred imagery from Iris prints, however, now he used wet plaster rather than paper supports. Each work is housed in a wood and aluminum frame designed by the artist. The frescos were made in collaboration with Donald Saff at Saff and Company (formerly Saff Tech Arts) in Oxford, Maryland.