An impressive fresco of Narcissus discovered in Pompeii

An impressive fresco of Narcissus discovered in Pompeii

We are searching data for your request:

Forums and discussions:
Manuals and reference books:
Data from registers:
Wait the end of the search in all databases.
Upon completion, a link will appear to access the found materials.

A impressive fresco showing Narcissus gazing at his own reflection was discovered in Pompeii during the new excavations being carried out at the site, the interim director of the archaeological site, Alfonsina Russo, announced last week.

Pompeii superintendent Massimo Osanna explained that the myth of narcissus it was "a very common artistic topic in the ancient city."

He added that “the whole environment is permeated by the theme of joie de vivre, beauty and vanity, which we can also see throughout different figures throughout the city.

Regarding the fresco, he explained that “it probably dates back to the last years of Pompeii, as evidenced by the extraordinary state of preservation of the colors ”.

The discovery was made during an excavation in the Regius V section of the ancient Roman city, and came a few months after the discovery of another spectacular fresco representing Jupiter taking the form of a swan, to impregnate the Spartan queen Leda.

The slideshow requires JavaScript.

In the space where the narcissus fresco, “Delicate floral ornamental elements abound, interspersed with griffins, cherubs, still lifes and scenes of fighting animals,” he explained.

The harmony of these designs extended to the ceiling, which collapsed and was under the volcanic stones when Vesuvius eruptedbut its fragments have been recovered and expert restorers will put them back together ”.

“In the atrium of Narciso, the still visible trace of a staircase that led to the upper floor is also very interesting, but the very space of the staircase that was used as a warehouse is important, and where glass containers have been found, eight amphorae and a bronze funnel; along with a bronze ‘title’ ”.

Images: Archaeological Park of Pompeii.

After studying History at the University and after many previous tests, Red Historia was born, a project that emerged as a means of dissemination where you can find the most important news about archeology, history and humanities, as well as articles of interest, curiosities and much more. In short, a meeting point for everyone where they can share information and continue learning.

Video: Secret chamber with erotic art of Pompeii and Herculaneum, Rate My Science