Pompeii - Table of Contents .................. Architecture Around the World

2013 photos
Murals from Pompeii, Italy
in the
Naples, Italy, Museum

Mural: a large picture painted or affixed directly on a wall or ceiling.
Mercury and Athena


Mercury and Athena



Note the wings on Mercury's feet and also the head of Medusa. Mercury will offer Medusa's head to Athena for her shield.



Mercury and Athena: Athena



Mercury and Athena: Mercury


Note the wings on Mercury's feet


Soldier and Physician


Soldier and Physician



Soldier and Physician



Detail - Soldier and Physician



Detail - Soldier and Physician


Centaur Bearing Gifts


Centaur Bearing Gifts



Centaur Bearing Gifts
Is this Chiron the Centaur wooing the nymph Chariclo whom he married?



Detail - Centaur Bearing Gifts


Detail - Centaur Bearing Gifts



Detail - Centaur Bearing Gifts


Europa and the Bull


Europa and the Bull



Europa and the Bull
Foolish, naive Europa on the bull's back.  The bull is Jupiter in disguise.  Momentarily, he will fly away with her on his back.  The continent Europe is named after her.


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Detail - Europa and the Bull



Detail - Europa and the Bull


Detail - Europa and the Bull


Hunting


Note bottom left mural - details below:



Hunting



Detail - Hunting



Detail - Hunting



Detail - Hunting




The Lares and the Sacrifices


The Lares and the Sacrifices
The Lares, sons of Mercury and the nymph Lara, were not major deities, but within the domestic structure they were so closely related to the house that they became synonymous with it and with the hearth. They are depicted as young boys in short tunics and high shoes in the act of dancing and pouring wine from an upheld drinking horn into a bowl or bucket.
  
In the upper panel, the lares, the two figures on the sides with drinking horns, are pouring wine into a small bucket. They stand to either side of the sacrifice, carried out by the "genius" assisted by servants and a musician with double-flute.

In the lower panel, a pair of snakes, bringers of prosperity and abundance, have reached the offerings of  eggs placed on an altar.



The Lares and the Sacrifices
Detail - Upper panel
Left: One of two lares ... Center: servant (with sacrifice?) ... Right: flutist



The Lares and the Sacrifices
Detail - Upper panel
Left: Flutist ... altar ... "Genius" ... Right: servant



The Lares and the Sacrifices
Detail - Upper panel




Note bird at bottom center



Note urns near top



Ibis
Cf, Egyptian ibis god Thoth







Garland























Photos and their arrangement 2013 Chuck LaChiusa
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