Saturday, 9 May 2009

Pompeii Frescoes

Unknown Artist - Fresco from Pompeii (pre 79 AD)While I'm on the subject of art from Pompeii (next post down), here's one of 400 frescoes recently returned to display at the Naples National Archaeological Museum after a decade of restoration. Viewers of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and similar shows might wonder why a female corpse from the autopsy room is being held in an upright posture, but that's her necklace, not post-autopsy stitches! I find it rather scary that without the intervention of tons of volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, all these examples of the art of Imperial Rome would have vanished forever.


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